FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The community is invited to kick off holiday shopping this year at Fort Rucker's annual Hollyday Bazaar.

The event, which will feature nearly 100 vendors from all over the country, will take place Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Yano Hall. Sale items will include crafts, holiday supplies, jewelry, wreaths, furniture, clothing, Army Aviation items and more. Shoppers can also enjoy baked goods, coffee, hot chocolate, food vendors and a visit from Santa Claus, according to Helen Kosman, FRCSC third vice president.

"This event is important to Fort Rucker and the surrounding community because it's a time when we all come together as one big community to celebrate the holidays and this is FRCSC's largest annual fundraiser," Kosman said. "The funds that we make as a club go back to the community in the form of scholarships and welfare."

According to Kosman, the scholarships help several students further their education.

"The scholarships that are given out go to several of the local colleges and universities in Alabama," she said. "We have support from many different companies and organizations that also supply funds towards scholarships."

Admission is $5 per person, and children 12 and younger get in free. Holiday "swag bags" will be distributed to the first 500 customers. "This is a great event for everyone to come together, not just military or civilian, but as a Wiregrass community," Kosman said.

Anyone who does not possess Department of Defense identification cards must obtain a gate access pass. Visitors may obtain passes from one of the visitor control centers at the Daleville and Ozark gates. The Daleville VCC is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Sundays. The Ozark VCC is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Those with a valid, Common Access Card, retiree ID or military dependent ID do not need a visitor access badge. Only active duty and retired U.S. service members and their dependents, and DA civilians with a valid, DOD-issued ID card may escort visitors, according to Fort Rucker's website.

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