Christmas Arts and Crafts Show in Pasco attracts more people - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Christmas Arts and Crafts Show in Pasco attracts more people than average

Posted: Updated:

PASCO, Wash.-- The popular Christmas Arts and Crafts Show at the TRAC this weekend had one of it's biggest years yet.

Typically 11,000 people attend but each day this weekend numbers were above average. Saturday the TRAC reached full capacity.

Organizers say sometimes during election years people will hold off on spending as much because the economy is on their mind, but this year people didn't seem to be letting that stop them.

"During a political year, honestly, it's hard to say what people are feeling and what they're buying is, but there is no question that I think based on the economy the past two years people are really wanting to buy more local, buy made in the U.S.A. At a show like this where all the artist are representing their own work you're doing that in spades," said Cheryl Custer-Branz.

While heavy foot traffic doesn't always translate into higher sales, vendors said they definitely saw more money coming in.

Organizers say 90% of vendors come back to the show every year and when sign-ups happened in July, they sold out of spots in just one day.