An annual event aimed at raising money to help send local high school seniors to college will take place on Nov. 7.

An annual event aimed at raising money to help send local high school seniors to college will take place on Nov. 7.

For the 25th year, academic boosters and parent-teacher organizations from Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North will host an antiques and craft show.

The event, which will feature more than 100 artisans and antique vendors, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Central's gymnasium and fieldhouse, 300 Opportunity Way. Proceeds will go to help provide scholarships to seniors at Central and North planning to attend college next fall.

"The need for funds has not changed for 25 years," said Janet Thiede, co-chair of the antiques and craft show and PTO president at North. "The founders of the antique and craft show were looking for creative ways to raise money to fund academics and scholarships."

New handcrafted items, including wooden toy chests, ceramics, pottery, Ohio State University Buckeye items, blown glass, flattened glass, decorative flags and children's items, will be on sale at this year's show, she said.

Vendors from around the state also will sell a variety of "primitives," such as antique furniture, glassware and farm tools. Collectibles for sale will range from jewelry to signed autographs.

Mike Brandly, a Groveport auctioneer and appraiser, will appraise items brought in by attendees for $5 per item, a la the popular PBS television show, "Antiques Roadshow."

Thiede said the local show has drawn more than 1,700 visitors in recent years. Organizers are hoping for a similar turnout this year as they try to raise up to $10,000 to distribute to high school seniors.

"It's for anyone who's interested in quality, handcrafted items or art," she said.

Following the event, a scholarship committee will accept applications from Central and North students seeking financial aid to attend college. As much as possible, the scholarships are distributed equally to students from both schools to help pay for everything from schooling, to books and meal plans, Thiede said.

"There's a representative from each Pickerington school (grades K-12) that sits on the evaluation committee," she said. "We're not given (students') names, and we're not given which school they attend.

"Individuals on the committee decide how many scholarships can go out. It's very difficult because there are so many good kids that apply, and for some of them it (the local scholarships) really does make a difference."

Admission to the Nov. 7 event is $3 for the general public. Tickets will be available that day at PHS Central. Senior citizens can attend for $2; and children age 12 and under are admitted free.

Parking is free. Lunch items and baked goods will be available for purchase.