Thousands fill the Civic Center for arts and crafts show
By Justen Arnold
Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 7:18 p.m.
Quincy, IL -- Thousands packed the Oakley Lindsey Center this weekend looking for decorating and fashion ideas.
Even if you were just browsing, The Country Treasures Show was the place to be for the art and craft enthusiast.
Twice a year this event comes to Quincy.
It offers a variety of handmade décor, food, jewelery, and clothing.
120 booths filled the Civic Center.
Vendors came from as far as Kentucky and Wisconsin.
We found a family owned pasta business from Decatur, Illinois.
Not only does this company make dozens of varieties of noodles, sauces, breads, oils, and soups, but they dish up something else unique to community members.
"We employ developmentally disabled people that currently they were worried about not having jobs and that, and that's why we developed the business. They're able to do our packaging and labeling for us and it's a win, win situation for everybody," said Rae Anne Maupin, Mother of Pasta Alley owner.
Pasta Alley employs up to 60 developmentally disabled adults, ranging in age from 21 to 78.
At times they offer up to 42 varieties of pasta noodles, 10 kinds of breads, 9 soups, and 5 types of dipping oils.