November 16, 2006

Beta Christmas Bazaar To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

What started 25 years ago at the Memphis Fire Station with 20 tables of exhibits has grown to 140 tables and is now held at the Scotland County High School in Memphis.

Four $25 cash prizes are to be given away this year and you do not need to be present to win.

The Beta Christmas Bazaar sponsored by the Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has evolved into a major holiday event for this community.

Since the first show in 1982, the Christmas Bazaar moved from the Fire Station to the North Elementary School in 1983 where approximately 80 tables of displays provided purchasing opportunities for holiday shoppers. Then in 1991 the exhibits moved to the Scotland County High School where accommodations for 140 tables could be accepted.

Over the years a variety of merchandise has been exhibited and sold and this year is no exception. Wood crafts, clothing, crocheted items, doll clothes and toys, books, jewelry, Pepsi memorabilia, candies and cookies, holiday decorations, ceramics, glassware, rugs, and several brand-name products (Princess House. Watkins, Tupperware, Avon, Discovery Toys, Pampered Chef, Jafra Cosmetics) are among the many items which will be available.

This year’s event will be December 2nd at the Scotland County High School from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free admission. A food stand will be available all day. Doughnuts and coffee will be available in the morning.

Lunch will consist of hot dogs, chili dogs, ham sandwiches, chili, chips, pie, cake, tea, milk, coffee, and soft drinks. The Memphis FFA Chapter will again be donating barbecued lamb sandwiches from a grant they received.

Santa will be present from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for pictures and a baby-sitting service will be provided again this year by the FBLA, there is a fee charged for these two services. The FBLA will also be available to help exhibitors load and unload.

Proceeds from the bazaar go for community betterment. Three $300 ($900) scholarships were given to three seniors: Brittney Courtright, Angie Bulen and Lynette Green; $300 for helping families in the community; $50 Scotland County Antique Fair; $50 Scotland County Cancer Society; $50 University of Missouri Youth (Relay for Life); $100 Scotland County After Prom; $100 Scotland County Library; $100 Scotland County High School and $100 Scotland County Elementary School; $100 Scotland County Read-A-Thon; $30 Senior Boys Breakfast; $30 Dictionary winners this year were second grade Morgan Alexander, Elementary – Katie Howard and Junior High Sarah Garrett, each one was presented with a dictionary; $50 Salvation Army; $25 Alpha Epsilon Iota Halloween Party; $50 St. John’s Church Thanksgiving dinner; $60 Scotland County Art Club – Door Decorations for Scotland County Care Center; $56 Blood Mobile; $100 each ($300) to FBLA, FFA, and Alpha Epsilon Sigma sorority for helping at the bazaar; $100 Santa’s helpers and $25 Scotland County Care Center for birthday parties.

At Christmas our sorority group donates nonperishable food items to the food pantry. They gave poinsettias to several people in the community.

There will be a ball game on Friday evening this year, so setup will be after 9:00 p.m. Doors will be closed until then. Saturday morning doors open at 7:00 a.m. Don’t forget the Memphis Merchants. There will be a children’s matinee at the Memphis Theatre. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. with a movie at 1:30 p.m. The price of admission will be a nonperishable food item for the food pantry.

The Epsilon Iota Chapter would like to say how much they appreciate the many exhibitors, especially Patty Townsend and Verabell Davis who have been there since the beginning in 1982. Also appreciation goes to the patrons who have helped make this community-wide event such a success.

Any questions call 465-2668, 465-2496, or 465-7709.

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