JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - You wouldn't know it by stepping outside but there is a Lit'l Bita Christmas in the air at Arkansas State University. Aside from maybe having trouble finding a parking spot, the 26th Annual Lit'l Bita Christmas Arts and Crafts show is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit this year.
Hundreds packed the ASU Convocation Center Friday afternoon for the event. Director of Corporate Sales at ASU, Tim Padgett said they expect a big crowd this year.
"I think we've had about 10 thousand walk through on a typical weekend," Padgett told Region 8 News.
Padgett said it's an ever growing event. "The entire convocation center is full of booths, there's nowhere else for us to put a booth if we wanted to, we had to turn people away."
Padgett told Region 8 News that there are 260 booths and 180 vendors at the Arts and Crafts Show.
Jenna Haynes works at Dillard's. This is their first year to have a booth set up at the event. She said it helps get the word out that Dillard's has more than just clothes and handbags.
"A lot of people come to Dillard's but some people don't know what all we have. We have a lot of stuff in home store that people just don't get to see," Haynes explained.
Smaller vendors also enjoyed getting in on the Christmas spirit. Vonda Martin lives in Batesville. She's sold her original snowmen, made out of wood, for the past three years at Lit'l Bita Christmas.
"Made about 700 of them, took them to my first show and sold all but 7 pieces. From there, it's grown into the bigger pieces, cut the wood off of our farm and assemble them," she said. Martin said it's a great one stop shop for all your Christmas needs.
Some of the people who visited the event Friday were there buying gifts for themselves and their friends.
"Mainly for friends and family but I did see a wreath or two that I might have to take home," shopper, Sandy Kestner said.
Padgett said it's just a good event to come out and support you're the Red Wolves at. "ASU Red Wolf Club is the fundraising arm of the ASU Athletic Department and we raise money to offset the cost of athletic scholarships every year," he said.
Lit'l Bita Christmas will also see a return vendor this year. 101-year-old Armintha Haws will be on hand selling hand-crafted gifts on the upper tier of the Convocation Center. Her granddaughter told Region 8 News that her grandmother, who is blind and lives alone, has been doing craft shows around Jonesboro since she was little.
Lit'l Bita Christmas will be open on Friday from noon to 7pm. Saturday from 9am to 8pm and Sunday from noon to 4pm.
Children (13-17) and Seniors (65+): $3
Kids (12 and under): FREE
Weekend pass: $8