The 17th annual ARTISAN FAIRE to benefit Bedford Open School will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley.
The event will feature more than 70 vendors from Southern California offering handcrafted items, according to coordinator Karen Enriquez.
"We've had the fair completely booked since June," she said, adding that more than 50 percent of the vendors have participated in the event for several years.
Enriquez explained that Bedford Open is not fully state-funded, "so we need to get funds from other sources. The fair is our major fund-raiser of the year."
Last year the event raised $8,000 for the alternative school, she said.
"Everyone flipped over how much we made because of the recession. We'll be really happy if we can make the same amount or more this year.
"The fair is all-volunteer parent participation," she said. "Most of the students, beginning with the third grade, help their parents and the vendors during the fair. They're our goodwill ambassadors."
In addition, cars will be washed in the center's parking lot of Saturday by "The Car Wash Guys" for $5. A portion of the proceeds are earmarked for the sixth graders' four-day Outdoor Camp. "The cost is $185 for each student, but it's a unique experience and all the younger kids look forward to it when they get to the sixth grade," Enriquez said.
She said Bedford Open reinforces the hands-on side of learning "and we try to make it fun because an enjoyable learning experience sticks with the students longer," she said.
For information, call 484-5116.
Reprinted from The Camarillo Daily News, October 27, 1993.