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Annual bazaar perfect place to shop for something special
Organizers of a Yuman old-fashioned community bazaar have a corner on homemade goodies that go great under the Christmas tree — or on it.
It's a must shopping experience for anyone looking for those special one-of-a-kind gifts or decorations, handmade by loving hands.
The FCE Community Bazaar, coming up again this Saturday, is now in its 42nd year of offering up everything from cookies to crafts. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yuma Civic Center. Admission is free.
The annual project of the Yuma County Association for Family and Community Education has become a favorite, attracting several thousand people a year even on a busy weekend like this one.
This year's bazaar will have 180 artists and crafters showing off their goods on 145 tables. They'll fill up the main room and the east wing of the civic center for a lot of browsing.
“This is an opportunity to pick up something unique,” said co-organizer Mary Ann Easterday, “a special something for a special someone. It's where I always get my Christmas presents. The items are unique and reasonably priced.”
Items include handmade jewelry, homemade puzzles, ceramics, woodworking, artwork, photography and personalized items, Easterday said. There's also lots of baked goods and such goodies as peanut brittle and goat cheese and fudge. Plants also will be available for sale.
The Yuma Cancer Resource Center will have a booth selling a variety of items as well as providing information about the center's services.
Back again is one of the more popular booths each year, the one offering cinnamon rolls baked by the Yuma School District 1 Food Service.
Along with the shopping opportunities, the bazaar will have fun stuff like face painting for all ages and lots of raffles and prizes.
Easterday said she's an advocate of shopping Yuma and buying locally. And this is a perfect opportunity. Shoppers will be able to purchase locally made items and in the process give back to the community.
Proceeds from the bazaar help fund scholarships, a seven-week Character Counts program presented at local elementary schools and 4-H awards given out at the Yuma County Fair.
Joyce Lobeck can be reached at email@example.com or 539-6853. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YSJoyceLobeck or on Twitter at @YSJoyceLobeck.