VIPs hold Fall Craft and Vendor Show

WINCHESTER – Winchester Police Department’s Volunteers in Policing’s fourth annual  Fall Craft and Vendor Show is Saturday.

Anthony Funkhouser, a member of Volunteers in Policingm, is looking forward to this year’s event, more so than usual.

“Everything we raise from this event goes back into the community,” Funkhouser said. “It allows the VIPs to perform community services that include fingerprinting, crime prevention, and trick-or-treating at Apple Blossom Mall.”

This year’s Craft and Vendor Show will be bigger and better than previous years, Funkhouser explained. Over 40 vendors are participating, ranging from arts and crafts, to jewelry and clothing. For the second year, the fair is being held at Winchester Church of God.

“We had well over 500 individuals attend last year’s fair,” Funkhouser said. “So, we’re grateful that the church is willing to let us use their space again.”

The Volunteers in Policing program was formed in 1998 by then Lt. William Griffith with the idea of assisting the Winchester Police Department with special activities and community events.

“The VIP’ try to take the work load off the police department so they’re able to perform other duties around the city,” Funkhouser said. “We patrol the walking mall as well as handle traffic control during Apple Blossom, among other things.”

With over 60 members, ranging from 21 to 82, the VIPs have been awarded numerous unit citations for their extensive number of volunteer hours.

“Events like these allow us to raise the money we need to be involved,” Funkhouser said. “Our main goal is to be able to raise enough to help buy local children gifts for Christmas.”

Free finger painting for the kids and McGruff the Crime Dog will be on site sharing tips on personal safety and crime awareness.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be for sale, with the proceeds going to the VIPs holiday fund.

If You Go

When: 10 a.m. t0 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Winchester Church of God, 2080 Frederick Pike, Winchester.