According to church history, the first bazaar was held in the old Methodist Church in 1976. The Miriam Circle, Guild and other circles enjoyed a sale of gift items, baked goods and hot fresh lefse. It was an internal church activity. When the new church was built in 1983, it was exciting to have the bazaar in the new fellowship hall and it was opened to the public. The date was set to be the first Saturday in December.
Of course, over the years, things have changed. Additional activities have included Grannie’s attic – a sale of slightly used items, Crafts – hand created items, Cookie Walk – cookies and candies sold by the pound, Santa’s Workshop – a place for children to be part of the activities and Hot Fresh Lefse – enjoy Lefse right off the grill! The Luncheon is served with a choice of Fruited Turkey Salad or Vegetable Salad, a bowl of Turkey – Wild Rice Soup, crackers and cookies. This Luncheon has always been a free – will donation, people are very generous.
With the proceeds from the Bazaar, the United Methodist Women support local organizations – Faith In Action, Food for Friends, Kasson Fire Department, A Place at the Table and Dodge County Food Shelf. Regional ministries supported include – Dorothy Day Hospitality House, Hiawatha Homes Foundation, Ironwood Springs Christian ranch, MN Adult & Teen Challenge, Season’s Hospice, Two Rivers Area Habitat for Humanity and Women’s Shelter. Our international missionary is Caleb and his wife Debi Bartel in Nicaragua.