The Madison County Extension Homemakers celebrated its lengthy existence Saturday at a fair and open house by sharing with the community what it does best.

Attendees could learn how to make card boxes Indian corn napkin rings, snowmen flower pots, leaf print placemats and other arts and crafts or simply shop at a trunk sale, featuring lightly used clothing, household goods, handmade crafts and other items, in the parking lot of the Extension Center.

With Oct. 9-13 designated as Kentucky Extension Homemaker Week, the Madison County club also wanted to recognize its nearly 80-year existence while trying to attract new members.

“This is an effort to let the people in Madison County know what we do and have an opportunity for people to learn,” said Helen Eden, Madison County Homemakers’ vice president.

“This is the first time we’ve ever attempted this, so I’m real pleased with the turnout,” she said. “You never know what to expect when you have something like this, but everybody seems to be enjoying themselves.”

The Homemakers have 20 neighborhood clubs, along with five special clubs, including basket making, fiber art, herbs, gardening and quilting.

Shirley Warner, who works on a variety of needlework projects as a member of the Homemakers’ fiber art club, said she enjoys meeting the other ladies and sharing ideas and thoughts with them.

“I like any kind of handwork, and I want to find other women who enjoy it too,” she said. “The easiest way to do that is to come out to the open house, do my thing and hope to find other women. And, I’m finding some.”

Eden, who has been a Madison County Homemakers’’ member for more for 40 years, hopes others join as well after attending the open house.

“We welcome anyone who would like to join the organization,” she said. “The dues are only $7.50 a year and a dollar of that goes to ovarian cancer research. So, it doesn’t cost much for a year’s worth of educational materials and activities and opportunities to meet new people.”

To join the Homemakers, call 623-4702.

Bryan Marshall can be reached at or 624-6691.

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