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Published October 16, 2011, 10:26 PM

Fargo Craft Show has drawn in a crowd for nearly 23 years

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hundreds of crafters come out for "The Big One" in Fargo. This craft show has been in Fargo for nearly 23 years.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hundreds of crafters come out for "The Big One" in Fargo. This craft show has been in Fargo for nearly 23 years.

Markus Rien has been coming to this craft show for years, helping his parents sell their works of art.

MARKUS (Store Manager): I like coming to these craft shows, it's a great time, I get to help people find things that they wouldn't normally have found, and I get to help fill their houses and fill their walls and It's great to you know be able to help people when they find that one thing that they have been looking for, for years.

What started as a family business 22 years ago in a garage has turned into more than just a hobby.

MARKUS: My parents started this business 22 years ago, you know just with a dream and a band saw, and the need to make some money to pay the bills

Rien's parents normally come to the shows with him, but this year is different.

They are at home making more of their craft to keep up with their ever growing business.

MARKUS: They have put a lot of time and sweat into this so I am just kind of here helping out with their dream.

Craft show owner Stacy Frank says this is the first year since he has been running the show that all booths have been completely sold out.

STACY (Craft Show Owner): There is a lot of vendors out there that have a great product, a wide variety, from A to Z, apples to zebras, you name it, it's at our show

Frank says the reason for this sell out is the sheer interest of so many new artists, like this one selling children’s furniture.

STACY: There is a lot of new vendors that have a variety of product, wether it be food upstairs or in any other of the rooms.

So wether it is the scented candles, Christmas decorations, or Jewelry, Rien says they wouldn't be here if it wasn't for one thing.

MARKUS: We would't be here without our customers, and we obviously wouldn't have a craft show if we didn't have great customers that came back year after year, came looking for our booth.

Riens family has a year round store near Cold Spring.

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