For eight years, Lewanna Campbell and her family have brought artisan products to cities around south and central Texas.
Her niece, Sydney Sierra, said she practically grew up at the events organized by her family’s business, Texas Market Guide.
“I would take naps under the tables,” Sierra said.
Texas Market Guide, based in Kyle, organizes 11 annual craft fairs throughout south and central Texas.
During their years of operation, Campbell said, many of the vendors that have followed them from show to show have become her business family.
One vendor, Kevin Ford, said he has been selling his barbecue sauce at the Victoria Faire for four years. For his family’s business, which doesn’t have a storefront, the fair serves an important marketing purpose.
“You get to network with other vendors and find out about other shows,” Ford said.
What makes Texas Market Guide fairs special, Campbell said, is that they always benefit a local food pantry or church. In Victoria, the event benefits the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent. To incentivize donations, Campbell offered a dollar off the $5 admission fee with a donation of a nonperishable food item.
Campbell said the feeding the hungry has been a cause that’s special to her for years.
“Whenever the kids were growing up, we volunteered with food pantries,” Campbell said. “If we can do something to make sure kids and the elderly alike are getting a meal, then we will.”