Vendors sell specialty Western items at Aksarben Stock Show
You can get into the Western spirit with some specialty items sold at the Aksarben Stock Show.
Ten total vendors can be found at the show, and they're all selling a variety of Western merchandise including jewelry, clothing and toys.
One vendor has been in business for 32 years, and has been going to the Aksarben Stock Show for eight.
She sells specialty jewelry, and clothing that comes in all shapes and sizes.
"If I cannot find small to 3x clothing, then I don't carry that style. Because you have to offer all the way to full figure ladies," said Shabana Fairchild, owner of Sarah's. "And sometimes larger women feel like we don't carry enough, and that is my main goal."
Aksarben officials said the show is currently in a rebuilding phase when it comes to attracting vendors.
They said fewer vendors have signed up for the show in the past few years, but they're hoping that will change since it has moved to Grand Island.
"It's an atmosphere. So we want to decorate it up. Kind of almost 'happy fall,' celebrating the harvest season," said Gretchen Kirchmann, strategic development manager of the Aksarben Stock Show. "Come out and have the comradery, visit with the people you don't get to see everyday. And especially with ten states of exhibitors coming, it's really that old home week feeling."
The vendors will be out on the state fair grounds until September 30. They're all located near the Livestock Arena where the exhibits will be.