Sunday Nov 09 2008 comments A Headstart on the Holidays By: Photos by Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal -A +A Gourdzooks specializes in ornaments made out of the bulbous fruit. Lisa Berry of Auburn scans the various ornaments at Gourdzooks, made by Lincoln artist Donna Massey. On the shoulders of her partner Mitchel Barrett, Katrine Grin juggles a knife, a sickle and an apple. With the help of Fremont resident Tom Regner, Grinn catches a third club before immediately juggling them. Cerri Noto of Crow's Feat shows a bird feeder to Gary and Jessica McClanahan of Placervile. "We love this fair," said Jessica, who has attended the festival with her husband for over a decade. "It's the beginning of Christmas for us, when we seriously begin shopping." During their first performance on Sunday, Katrine Grinn, of Grinn & Barrett, passes on a spinning ball to Noah Fick, 10, of Christian Valley. With mom, grandma and baby sister in tow, Kya Monet Young, 4, feeds Austin Powers, a Gutier Alpaca, at the Christmas Craft Festival at the fairgrounds on Sunday. As an alternative to Apple Hill, Shana Fellers brought her 21-month-old daughter, Laura, to the Christmas Craft Festival, where she pet alpacas dressed as reindeer. Inside Placer Hall at the fairgrounds, Mary Lawrence of Rocklin inspects various crystal sun catchers made by Jan Pellizzer of Grass Valley. Grinn climbs onto Mitchel Barrett's shoulders to perform an act. Festively dressed as elves, Tabby Mathies and Lauren Trejo take tickets and canned food donations for entrance into the Christmas Craft Festival. Lauren, who is 15, has been dressing up and working the festival, along with her mom and sisters, since she was nine.