by Madison V. Fisler
Sept. 17, 2013. The unofficial kickoff of autumn in the High Country is right around the corner – the Fall Bazaar at Boone United Methodist Church. The event has become so popular over the past 29 years that now thousands attend in search of hidden treasures and bargains, good food and fellowship.
Located at 471 New Market Boulevard directly behind the New Market Shopping Center, the church’s annual Fall Bazaar will be Friday, Sept. 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Features include furniture, computers and electronics, sports equipment, clothing of all kinds, handmade crafts, Christmas items, jams and jellies, baked goods, new and previewed books and videos, yard sale items as well as “down home” country cooking.
An old fashioned country breakfast will be served on Friday morning and homemade lasagna will be available for lunch. Stick Boy sweet rolls and muffins will be served on Saturday morning. A silent auction featuring jewelry, china, silver, and many items from local businesses will accept bids on Friday until 6 p.m.
The Bazaar is one of the church’s main events – involving over 500 volunteers of all ages (3 to 100 to be exact) serving over 6,000 hours. The event benefits the church building fund and local missions.
“The bazaar began as a way for the church to raise money to pay off the debt for the building,” said Denise Stanley, communications coordinator for the event.
“From there, it turned into a huge community outreach program which helps many different organizations all over the mountain.”
Dubbed one of the “biggest recycling events in the High Country, the Bazaar is expected to draw more than 10,000 people this year.
Items are sold on Friday, and after the Friday sale, leftover needed items are pulled from the sale for organizations like OASIS, Hospitality House, the Hebron Colony and many more. Saturday is a “bag sale” where anything you can fit in a large bag is $6 and anything fitting in an extra large bag costs $10.
“This sale is huge, and is a great way to give back to the community and serve,” Stanley said.
For more information, call 828-264-6090 or visit www.booneumc.org.