CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. -- Hundreds of people packed the Cabarrus Arena to hunt for the perfect Christmas gift.

As soon as the gates opened, shoppers descended to find hand-crafted gifts that aren't sold in stores like blown-glass ornaments, clothing, jewelry, paintings and more.

Show Coordinator Janice Hunt says the selection makes the difference.

"Everything here is hand crafted, even our specialty foods have to have a history, some story-- their Grandmother's recipe for a BBQ sauce-- and they can't get it anywhere else. So, that's why they come."

"I'm ready for Halloween to be over so I can decorate for Christmas," said Paula Severt. "It's just a wonderful experience."

Many families have made coming to the show its own tradition.

"We love the Christmas show, we come every year," said Erica Wertz. "We look for ideas for things to make."

"We will let her pick out some ornaments," said Darrell Wedding, holding his daughter. "She looks forward to coming and we went last year and we have a good time."

Christmas Made in the South will delight crowds through Sunday afternoon.