COPPERAS COVE — Residents converged downtown Friday for the first night of Krist Kindl Markt, enjoying a variety of food, shopping and some holiday entertainment.
“For the first day, setup has gone really well,” said Betty Price, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau president. “The crowd has been great, and (the weather) is supposed to be real nice all weekend.”
Price estimated between 5,000 and 8,000 people would visit the downtown area this weekend.
More than 80 arts and crafts and food vendors set up curbside in front of numerous local stores, which stayed open to greet and sell their own merchandise.
The market provides people from all over an opportunity to get some unique gift shopping done for the holiday season, Price said.
Annette Spargo, of Copperas Cove, said she enjoyed shopping while listening to live music.
“I think it was great,” Spargo said. “I got some nice things that I didn’t see anywhere else.”
But it wasn’t just the attendees who were having a good time. Vendor Mia Shidell, who runs Mai’s Crafts, has enjoyed the festival for several years and was pleased with the turnout so far this year.
Shidell, of Copperas Cove, said she has looked forward to Krist Kindl Markt every year for the last 10 years.
“This is a pretty good Friday,” she said. “But Saturday and Sunday are always better.”
She and her husband make handcrafted wreaths and other Christmas ornaments to sell during the weekend. Mai also runs a sand art booth.
Jane Story of Temple-based Crafty Creations said she prefers selling at festivals like Krist Kindl Markt because she gets to meet people while selling her wares, which include bottle art.
“We have been very pleased with it, and the people here have been great,” she said.
Price said she hopes everyone enjoys the weekend.
“This provides something for the whole family to do,” she said, noting there will be rides and bounce houses for children and live entertainment throughout the weekend. There also are “a lot of unique gifts.”