Katherine Webber, 10 , with her face painted like a Santa's reindeer, makes a bird feeder out of a pine cone, peanut butter, corn starch and bird seed at the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday which has been held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center for more than 35 years in Newhall. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Holiday spirit was in the air for an event at Placerita Canyon this weekend as people created their own holiday wreaths, centerpieces and ornaments using an assortment of natural materials from the Nature Center on Sunday.

The event was the Placerita Canyon Nature Center Craft Fair.

Lynda Davidson of Auga Dulce decorates her wreath at the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday which has been held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center for more than 35 years in Newhall. Dan Watson/The Signal
Lynda Davidson of Auga Dulce decorates her wreath at the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday which has been held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center for more than 35 years in Newhall. Dan Watson/The Signal

“Some (first timers) will come in and they think ‘well it’s a craft fair’ so they’re expecting vendors selling things,” said Mari Carbajal, Chair of the Holiday Craft Show.

“They get so excited when they see what’s going on in there.”

When attendees arrive at the show, they are presented with the option of purchasing a wreath base or a log, then they can pick from a variety of crafts to decorate them with, including greenery, seeds and pods.

“It makes (families) happy and it brings them together,” Carbajal said about the show’s unique experience.

Hundreds turned out to the fair, which was held both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Kathie Hovore, left, and her daughter Holly create a wreath out of pine branches at the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday. The two have attended the annual event for more than twenty years which has been held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall for more than 35 years. Dan Watson/The Signal
Kathie Hovore, left, and her daughter Holly create a wreath out of pine branches at the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday. The two have attended the annual event for more than twenty years which has been held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center in Newhall for more than 35 years. Dan Watson/The Signal
Daisy Collupy, 4, of Acton decorates her snowman, one of the craft stations for children and families at the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday which has been held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center for more than 35 years in Newhall. Dan Watson/The Signal
Daisy Collupy, 4, of Acton decorates her snowman, one of the craft stations for children and families at the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday which has been held at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center for more than 35 years in Newhall. Dan Watson/The Signal

Joe Suffredini attended with his wife and two sons.

“It’s a great family activity and (my kids) get to be a little creative and a little goofy at the same time,” he said.

Joe’s son Trey, 12, decorated his wreath with leaves, berries and lavender.

“I just like being here with my family and getting to do wreaths with them,” he said.

Proceeds from the fair funded Placerita’s nature programs as well as animal care.

The Placerita Craft Show is held annually in the first weekend of December.

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