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Updated: 01/30/2014 08:00:04AM

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The 48th annual Lake Placid Arts and Crafts Country Fair will come to life Saturday and Sunday at DeVane Park and Lake Placid Elementary School and I’m anxious to see it all unfold again.

I’ve attended every single one, from the first humble effort on the lawn of the Lake Placid Woman’s Club through each of the years that brought changes in venue and leadership — but never a change in its mission of promoting arts and crafts.

The Country Fair always brings with it the sights, sounds and smells of a major festival, while keeping a hometown feel.

Volunteer planners will be in DeVane Park before the weekend, staking out the locations for arts and crafts vendor tents, food tents, staging the gazebo for entertainment, and directing all the tiny details that must be handled. Then, by Friday afternoon, DeVane Park will begin to take on the look of a tent city as vendors arrive.

Over at Lake Placid Elementary School, entries will arrive during after-school hours as area artists, crafters and cooks bring their very best creations to display and for judging. By the time doors open Saturday morning, hundreds of entries will be in place and judges will have had their say and ribbons will adorn their choices as the best-of-the-best. But you can judge, too. The first 1,000 visitors Saturday at the school exhibits will have the opportunity to cast ballots for their choices. Votes will be tabulated late Saturday and by the time the exhibit opens Sunday, the coveted People’s Choice Awards will be in place for visitors to see if the public agrees with the judges.

There is far too much about the Lake Placid Arts and Crafts Country Fair to relate in this column. Luckily, that’s not necessary because this edition of The Journal includes a colorful 16-page souvenir program with all the details.

Make plans to be there Saturday or Sunday — or both — for the 48th edition of the Lake Placid Arts and Crafts Country Fair. You’ll be glad you did.

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A free “shred event” is returning to Lake Placid soon, hosted by Home & Office Essentials and Lake Placid Feed & Western Wear.

A truck and shredder will be on hand from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Lake Placid Feed & Western Wear on U.S. 27. The expansive parking lot will allow for drive-up lanes. Drivers won’t have to leave their vehicles to leave paper to be shredded. Volunteers will do the lifting and loading, according to organizers Jeanne Fortier and Nancy Davis.

The event was launched here in 2010 and has grown each year since that time. Last year, 88 area residents responded with boxes and boxes of paperwork to be shredded. In less than three hours, crews shredded 10,000 pounds of paper, filling a big truck from Crown Shredding.

The shred event is free, but planners said donations to help offset the cost will be accepted. For more information call Fortier at 465-1661 or Davis at 465-4731.