Amidst dozens of booths at the Made in the Cariboo Artisan Fair at the Tourism Discovery Centre in Williams Lake is one manned by young entrepreneurs Lauren Wright, 11, and Kylie Davis, 12 who are selling slime.
“It’s made out of glue, shaving cream, hand cream and laundry detergent,” the girls said in unison, adding you can add essential oils to make it smell nice.
Kylie said they are trying it out at the fair in hopes of starting their own slime shop.
Lauren is a student at 150 Mile House School and Kylie attends Lake City Secondary Columneetza campus.
The TDC’s Betty Turatus, wearing reindeer antlers, was greeting visitors at the door.
“We’ve got 37 vendors on three levels and an elevator if people need one,” she said.
There is everything for sale from Christmas baking, wreaths, knitting, woodworking items, local authors with their books, and more.
As she wandered around greeting visitors, Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce executive director Claudia Blair was beaming.
“Isn’t this great?” she said.
Local artist Cat Prevette was sitting on a chair on the top floor mezzanine next to two of her bright paintings.
“Our Cariboo Arts Society is going to start displaying paintings regularly up here,” she said.
Lora Fairbrother and her husband Lucas Blaine were selling wooden pieces created out of roofing from the old Springhouse school built in 1917.
One week before the summer’s wildfires, the school was moved to 150 Mile House School area, where it will be restored.
“We didn’t know if it would survive and the fire came within one kilometre of it,” Fairbrother said.
All the proceeds from their wooden creations will go toward the 100-year-old school’s restoration.
“The old roofing was no good,” Blaine said.
Outside, Sherry Cuthbertson with her new food truck business — the Mad Wrapper — was selling “loaded baked potato soup.”
Cuthbertson has lived in the 150 Mile House area for 10 years and said she was planning to open the food truck in September but the summer’s wildfires caused a delay.
“We just opened up two weeks ago,” she said.