For the first time in two years Craft Alive has made its way back to Wodonga, and this time around with more new vendors than ever.
The travelling arts and crafts show has been coming to the Border for 31 years and was unable to properly celebrate the three-o last year due to COVID-19.
Even with new restrictions seemingly coming in daily as COVID cases surge, organisers managed to get the show off the ground for 2021.
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Event manager Sally Taylor said it felt great to be back but it was no mean feat to get here.
"We're just so excited to be back," she said.
"It has honestly been a really busy week, we joke internally that we have a Craft Alive family, all of the retailers and customers are the family.
"It's been a case of everybody pulling together, supporting each other to be here because it was so important that we were."
Ms Taylor said it was well worth the effort and that the weekend was running smoothly.
"It's been fantastic, everybody has their masks, they're all social distancing but we've still been able to sit down and do our classes in the family groups," she said.
"At the end of the day we weren't able to be here last year.
"It's been two years since we've been able to have this show and it's just absolutely lovely to have it again."
Robyn Dowling of Cascade House Embroidery is a long-time exhibitor and said that the return of Craft Alive was a boon to her business.
"It feels great to be back, what I've got here is very tactile, so people need to be able to touch, feel and see the raw product," she said.
"We've had a great response and some of my customers come back year in and year out and I've known them for a long time."
Mrs Dowling is a renowned fabric dyer who distributes her work internationally and is commissioned by magazines such as Inspirations.
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