WEST Tamar Woodcrafts has been making the journey to the Tasmanian Craft Fair at Deloraine since its inception 33 years ago.
The small family business started by Maurie and Shirley Hjort in 1975 will once again return to exhibit its array of wood products crafted using quality Tasmania timbers.
The business was taken over by daughter Judy Hall and her husband, Chris, after the death of Mr Hjort in 1996, but Mrs Hjort, at the age of 81, is still considered fair royalty.
``The first year we were there we got a tray with six crystal glasses on it for the best working exhibit, and we won a few more after that,'' Mrs Hjort said.
Mrs Hall added: ``The fair used to give us a massive amount of feedback because we had a lot of people come and see our product and tell us what they wanted, and my father used to produce lines based on what people asked for.''
There will be more than 220 stallholders at this year's Rotary Club of Deloraine-run fair, to be held between November 1 and 4, with about 22,000 expected to attend.
Fair director John Christie said the event's opening fell on the first day of the plastic bag ban in Tasmania, and organisers were aiming to have the state's first plastic bag-free event.
``We have been working with our stallholders to ensure they are prepared for the ban, and will be communicating with our patrons over the next few weeks to remind them to support the initiative,'' he said.
All funds raised are put back into the community, and in the past three decades about $3 million has been raised.
For more information, visit www.tascraftfair.com. au.
WHAT: Tasmanian Craft Fair.
WHEN: November 1-4.