By Erin Murray, Army Flier Staff WriterOctober 13, 2011
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 13, 2011) -- The Fort Rucker Community Spouses Club seeks volunteers, vendors and pageant participants for its annual arts and crafts Hollyday Mart Nov. 5 at the Enterprise Civic Center.
This year, the CSC will add a new element by providing entertainment in addition to the crafts expo.
One of the entertainment events that needs participation from the community is the Miss Hollyday pageant, which has 10 categories for women of all ages, according to Erica Geranen, coordinator of the mart. The pageant is a non-glitz pageant that will showcase the participants' best holiday outfits. Winners will receive crowns, sashes, trophies and savings bonds, but no participant leaves empty handed, she said.
"It's for all age groups, ages zero to 101. The best thing is, everyone goes home with a tiara," she said.
The deadline to register for the pageant is Saturday and it will take place at 2 p.m. the day of the Hollyday Mart.
CSC still has outdoor spots for arts and crafts vendors available. Geranen encouraged artists and craftsman of all types to consider selling their wares at the event, which draws more than 2,000 attendants each year. Vendors at past Hollyday marts have sold football fan merchandise, ironwork and military-related items, among many other handmade items.
"It's prime time for Christmas shopping. There's so much besides crafts," said Geranen.
Geranen said vendors are required to have a special events license from the city of Enterprise, which requires a one-time registration and fee. This year, CSC chose to move to the Enterprise Civic Center to accommodate a larger audience and more vendors.
"Last year, we had an amazing amount of people come through. We're looking forward to another successful year," said Jackie Crogan, coordinator of the 2010 Hollyday mart.
Much of the work done at the Hollyday mart is done by CSC members and volunteers. CSC is still seeking Soldiers, Family members and members of the community to help out.
"We definitely need volunteers to work the event," said Geranen, who added that volunteering for the Hollyday mart is a great introduction to the CSC's activities, "[Volunteers] are able to meet other spouses and other people from the community."
The Hollyday mart is a fundraising event for the CSC, but Geranen emphasized the importance of attending, volunteering and participating in the many events offered.
"All the money raised at this event goes back to the club, which we use to put back into the community in the form of scholarships and welfare. It's a chance to give back to the community," she said.
For more information on volunteering, vending or participating in the Miss Hollyday pageant, visit ftruckercsc.com.