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40th Annual Better Living Show in full swing

BRUSHFORK, WV (WVVA) At 10 a.m. the ribbon was cut at the Brushfork Armory marking the start of the 40th Annual Better Living Show.

We caught up with a few vendors marketing their products, including a Wytheville, VA author. Kim Iverson Headlee is celebrating 20 years of being a published novelist. Today at the Better Living Show, she’s selling her historical fiction novels as well as one of her ‘claims to fame,’ a sequel to Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” She says thanks to the show last year, she made several new connections and had the opportunity to speak at Bluefield State College.

Just a few tables down from Headlee, Chris Thornton with Black Steel Arms & Coatings in Princeton had all of his goods on display. He wants to show the community that his store is more than just a gun shop. They sell coffee, glass carvings, clothing and customized weapons in all colors.

There’s a new addition to the Better Living Show this year. The entire upstairs section is just for kids. They have a bouncy house and slide, books, coloring tables, building blocks and a special visit from Let Your Art Shine, which offers the chance to paint pottery.

Eva McGuire, Chairman of the Better Living Show says, “A lot of times, parents want to look around and talk to the vendors, which we want them to do, and kids are like, ‘Can we go now? We’re bored.'” McGuire hopes the kid section will allow parents to keep an eye on their kids while walking around and talking to vendors.

Rachel Anderson

Multimedia Journalist

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