Towns Host Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar

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VENETA, Ore. — Handmade crafts and homemade treats will be at the 35th annual Country Holiday Bazaar is this Saturday.

It’s like a treasure hunt. That’s because you won’t find just one location. There are more than 30 stops from Junction City to Veneta and in between.

You’ll see the signs everywhere–at churches, schools and business fronts all advertising for the holiday bazaar. There are 31 locations in all.

Each site is different, but what they all have in common are handmade goods you won’t find in a store.

Multiple venders at Veneta Elementary have crafts like wooden cars and trucks, jewelry and pet scarves just to name a few.

Just down the block are more goods. Christ Lutheran Church has been taking part in the annual bazaar since it started. Their specialty is fruit cakes. They made 166 cakes each packed with cherries, pineapples, dates and walnuts.

“Very much in demand every year. We always sell out. We make more every year, but we sell out,” said Pat Dawley.

Also selling like hot cakes are St. Catherine’s peanut butter balls. Ladies at the parish hand rolled more than 1,000 treats in all.

“They’ve been around for 38 years from our parish (laugh),” said Carol Masketll.

Each organization is different, but in most cases profits are used to fund charities and community programs.

If you missed the Holiday Bazaar Friday, it runs Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Click here for more information.

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