Lambs Farm prepares for holiday craft fair

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com
Posted11/30/2016 1:47 PM
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  • Lambs Farm residents Jimmy Berke, right, and Chris Amos put sprinkles on Lambs Farm Famous Butter Cookies in the bakery near Libertyville on Wednesday. The cookies will be sold at the 36th Annual Lambs Farm Holiday Lights, Gift & Craft Fair this weekend at Arlington Park.

      Lambs Farm residents Jimmy Berke, right, and Chris Amos put sprinkles on Lambs Farm Famous Butter Cookies in the bakery near Libertyville on Wednesday. The cookies will be sold at the 36th Annual Lambs Farm Holiday Lights, Gift & Craft Fair this weekend at Arlington Park. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Lambs Farm resident Jen Hart put sprinkles on Lambs Farm Famous Butter Cookies in the bakery near Libertyville on Wednesday. The cookies will be sold at the 36th Annual Lambs Farm Holiday Lights, Gift & Craft Fair this weekend at Arlington Park.

      Lambs Farm resident Jen Hart put sprinkles on Lambs Farm Famous Butter Cookies in the bakery near Libertyville on Wednesday. The cookies will be sold at the 36th Annual Lambs Farm Holiday Lights, Gift & Craft Fair this weekend at Arlington Park. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

During the past month, residents at Lambs Farm have been busy preparing cookies, jams, chocolates and crafts for this weekend's holiday craft fair.

The 36th Annual Holiday Lights Gift & Craft Fair runs Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 1-4, at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights.

"We offer a lot of different varieties of food items and holiday gifts for the customers attending," said Kathy Buresch, director of marketing and operations at Lambs Farm. "The residents work in our bakery and country store and help produce all of our cookies, chocolates and jams. They are an integral part of our workforce. They get very excited and are thrilled to share their work with the people in the community."

More than 2,000 cookies are expected to be sold at the fair, with all of the money coming back to help fund services at Lambs Farm. The organization hopes to raise more than $40,000 this weekend to continue its mission of helping people with developmental disabilities through vocational, residential and recreational programs.

There will be more than 300 exhibitors from across the country selling holiday crafts, clothing, ornaments, artwork, baked goods, sports memorabilia and more.

Admission is $8 for adults and free for children younger than 15. The show hours are: 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For details, visit www.HolidayLightsLambFarm.com.

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