Sunday we went to our church bazaar. The bazaar is something I looked forward to every year as a child. It was always a huge event in our community. I remember going home with lots of prizes from playing all the games and I remember plenty of smiles and laughter from the other parishioners. Then for several years we did not have one. I don’t know why. Whether it was too much work or the money coming in wasn’t worth the effort I’m really not sure. But 4 or 5 years ago we decided to give it a try again. The problem was that a lot of people who used to organize it were no longer with us or couldn’t quite remember how everything went.
So, starting again meant starting from scratch. I think we’ve come a long way in the last few years to get the bazaar back to the old fashioned bazaars we used to have and they are starting to become very successful. This year we had another huge meal of ham and chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, green beans, corn, fresh vegetable bar, dinner roll, beverages and dessert for only $8.00. For those that did not want the big meal there was a stand outside with fresh grilled hamburgers, brats, hotdogs, beer and pop and pulltabs.
We had a tent set up for bingo with cash prizes all afternoon as well as a game called Hi-Low. There was a country store set up, a silent auction and there were fresh picked strawberries and home grown plants for sale. There were many traditional kids games like the fishing pond, duck pond, lollipop pull, milk bottle toss, ring toss, dart toss, football toss, kids country store, plinko and soak the student. There was also a pile of sawdust for the kids to rummage through to find packages of wrapped candy. And of course there was a raffle with a top prize of $500.00 cash.
There was so much work put in by so many people. It is really a total church effort. It is really fun to see young and old come together for a truly multigenerational afternoon. I met some really fun people under the bingo tent, and while I didn’t win (they did) I had just as much fun as they did.
My husband though probably had the best time of all. He was one of the big winners of the day. He proudly went home with a new 270 Marlin rifle.
It really doesn’t matter what church you go to or what your religion is. If you’re looking for a good family activity keep the 4th Sunday in June open on your calendar and join us for our next church bazaar!