By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterNovember 7, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 7, 2013) -- People around the Wiregrass can mark their calendars for the annual Fort Rucker Community Spouses' Club's Hollyday Bazaar Nov. 16 where they can take advantage of all that local businesses have to offer this season and get ahead in their holiday shopping.
FRCSC, which has been giving back to the Fort Rucker and Wiregrass communities for more than 30 years, will hold the bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yano Hall, Bldg. 6005 on Fort Rucker, between the Lemon Lot and the U.S. Army Aviation Museum on Andrews Avenue. The event is open to the public.
The official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be at 8:45 a.m. and shopping will begin at 9. Admission to the event is $5 per person; children 12 and younger get in free. Admission to the event benefits the FRCSC's local scholarship and community welfare programs, according to Darcy Lynch, CSC president.
"This year is going to be amazing," she began. "We will have roving entertainment, a man cave and adult beverages. It is going to be such a fun event. There is so much going on that people won't know what to look at first!"
This shopping extravaganza is one where local and home based businesses from across the Wiregrass and tri-state area are gathering to provide an "amazing" shopping experience. Vendor wares include crafts, jewelry, furniture, toys, clothes, soaps, candles and more, Lynch said.
Because the area is so diverse, the FRCSC wanted to offer vendors that appeal to all ages, interests and even shopper escorts, a.k.a the men, she added.
"This is not a women's event. We will have gun cases, woodworking items, glass items, military coins and sports memorabilia. This is a chance for people to buy local and give back at the same time," said Tammy Doerer, bazaar co-chairman.
The first 500 paying customers will receive a holiday swag bag, but since the FRCSC is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend, people are encouraged to arrive around 9 a.m. if they want one, Lynch said.
People won't go hungry as they shop `til they drop because food and drink will be available for purchase. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served as well as food items that people can take home.
The Fort Rucker Troup 50 Boy Scouts will put on demonstrations, and dance and musical groups will be putting on small shows. An appearance will also be put in by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a station will be set up where children can write Christmas letters. Even a petting zoo will be there for everyone's entertainment.
More than 100 vendors will be set up at the event and some vendors are returning from years of Christmas past, said Lynch.
"We have brought back vendors that people have requested, and this year each vendor will donate a gift and people can purchase opportunity tickets for a chance to win one of more than 100 prizes," she said.
The FRCSC goal this year is to make it a true community event encompassing everyone from the Wiregrass community, Doerer said.
"This is great because we involve the entire community. We will have people here shopping, volunteering and entertaining from all over," said Doerer. "It is a chance for us to really blend and be a part of the outside communities and for them to be a part of ours. At this event people will not only have a great shopping experience, but a good overall weekend experience as well."
There will be automated teller machines on site.
For more information, visit www.fortruckercsc.com/hollyday-bazaar.html.