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Finding fun with furry fashion

Sunday, September 16, 2007 | 9:06 p.m. CDT; updated 7:30 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008
Autumn Barrier, 11, glances at a possum purse with her father, Bret Barrier, at Sunday’s 30th Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show at Nifong Park. “Can you imagine if a cell phone goes off in this purse? On vibrate?” Bret Barrier asked his daughter. The purse, made by Ron Jansen of Kampsville, Ill., took nearly four hours to make — three hours to tan the hide and 45 minutes to turn the pelt into a purse.

Columbians celebrated the Heritage Festival, celebrating its 30th year, this weekend.


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