Arts, crafts popularity on display: Record booth numbers show Oktoberfest community support, involvement

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Sitting under a tent on Third Street in downtown Seymour Friday, Arrin Mathews diligently worked on a handmade cross necklace he hoped someone would buy.

The cross was added to a table of other unique religious items, many of which he helped make.

This was the second year for Team Reach, a cluster of seven area United Methodist churches, to set up an arts and crafts booth at the Oktoberfest.

Outside, the tent is decorated with pictures of the churches, while inside visitors will find more than just knickknacks.

“It’s like an open house for God,” said Harold Kreinop of Ogilville United Methodist Church. “This is a great way to get his message of love and hope to people.”

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