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Christmas shoppers flock to fairgrounds bazaars

Bazaar shoppers fill fairgrounds pavilion and Keerins Hall in John Day.
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Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on December 5, 2017 5:23PM

Eleven-year-old Macy Carter of Seneca tells Santa, with a big smile, she’d like a baby brother for Christmas as her mom, Jennifer, standing nearby, laughs. Santa visited with children and also held pets for photos at Saturday’s Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar.

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Eleven-year-old Macy Carter of Seneca tells Santa, with a big smile, she’d like a baby brother for Christmas as her mom, Jennifer, standing nearby, laughs. Santa visited with children and also held pets for photos at Saturday’s Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar.

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Six-year-old Summer Berry of John Day sells decorated jars of bird seed at Saturday’s Keerins Hall Holiday Bazaar in John Day. Summer made the gift items with the help of her mom, Lauren Berry, who was selling homemade candles at the bazaar.

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Six-year-old Summer Berry of John Day sells decorated jars of bird seed at Saturday’s Keerins Hall Holiday Bazaar in John Day. Summer made the gift items with the help of her mom, Lauren Berry, who was selling homemade candles at the bazaar.

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Elaine Mezzo, left, of Hope4Paws: Grant County finds a handmade craft (created by Anna Smith) to give to Alice Shawn, a Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary member and volunteer at the bazaar. Shawn collected items from vendors for a raffle table.

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Elaine Mezzo, left, of Hope4Paws: Grant County finds a handmade craft (created by Anna Smith) to give to Alice Shawn, a Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary member and volunteer at the bazaar. Shawn collected items from vendors for a raffle table.

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Madeline Hassmiller, 9, of Prairie City admires a doll with handmade clothing at Saturday’s Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar in John Day.

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Madeline Hassmiller, 9, of Prairie City admires a doll with handmade clothing at Saturday’s Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar in John Day.

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Dawson Jenks, 7, of Dayville has a snowman face painting, courtesy of Riley Robertson, 14, of John Day at the fairgrounds pavilion. Robertson and other students are fundraising for the Grant Union trip to Europe.

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Dawson Jenks, 7, of Dayville has a snowman face painting, courtesy of Riley Robertson, 14, of John Day at the fairgrounds pavilion. Robertson and other students are fundraising for the Grant Union trip to Europe.

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The parking lot at the Grant County Fairgrounds was full as shoppers enjoyed a plethora of handmade goods and other items for sale at the pavilion for the Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar and the Keerins Hall Holiday Bazaar.

“People were waiting in line in the cold this morning,” said Mary Jones, the auxiliary’s bazaar coordinator. “It didn’t slow down until this afternoon.”

At the pavilion, 46 vendors manned 67 booths and tables, selling a variety of handicrafts such as wreaths, wooden signs, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, hand-sewn items and knives with antler handles. Lotions, soaps and goodies such as pies, jams and honey were also for sale.

Several vendors said this year’s sales were as good or better than last year.

Fairgrounds manager Mindy Winegar, who oversees the bazaar at Keerins Hall, said they had 20 vendors with 27 tables.

Wares included clothing, handmade candles, miniature Christmas trees, quilted items, lotions and soaps, fruit and much more.

“The atmosphere was wonderful. Sales were good for the vendors that we had from all over Grant County — a few from outside Grant County,” Winegar said.









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