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By GWEN SISSON
Get ready for three days of shopping, featuring one-of-a-kind gift ideas at the 38th Annual Holiday Bazaar.
This yearâ€™s event begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Starkville Sportsplex on Lynn Lane. Shoppers will remember this event was previously held on the Mississippi State University campus, under the direction of the Campus Activities Board.
The 38th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Wednesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Jennifer Gregory, Greater Starkville Development Partnership vice president for tourism development and Starkville Main Street manager, said while this will be the same event shoppers have come to love, there will be a few exciting twists at the 2010 Bazaar.
As always, the bazaar will feature some of the most exciting artisans and vendors from throughout the Southeast.
â€śWe are so excited about the variety of vendors at this yearâ€™s event,â€ť Gregory said. â€śShoppers will have the opportunity to select gifts from speciality vendors from throughout the Southeast.â€ť
Gregory said there will be homemade crafts, home and holiday decor for sale and several vendors featuring handmade childrenâ€™s clothing and monogramming. Gregory said there will be at least one vendor doing monogramming on-site. Several vendors will have food items, such as dip mixes for holiday entertaining. Other featured vendors will have unique art, pottery and jewelry items.
This year, there is an extra half day to shop. Traditionally, the Bazaar has been a two-day event. Gregory said vendor feedback has shown an interest in expanding the event. She said they are experimenting to see if shoppers will enjoy the opportunity to shop on Friday. If it is profitable for vendors this year, they will open the event to a full third day.
And one of the most exciting changes will be the addition of the â€śFood Village.â€ť Gregory said shoppers will be able to purchase lunch from Sweet Pepperâ€™s Deli and Bulldog Deli in the Activity Room Annex. The Food Village will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Gregory said shoppers will be able to carry food with them as they shop as an added convenience. Shoppers will also enjoy the additional parking at the new location. Gregory said parking can be an issue on campus, and that will not be a problem with the new location.
Another big change is the fund-raising aspect of the event. Proceeds from this yearâ€™s bazaar will benefit the Starkville Main Street Association, to go toward programming, grant preparation and other downtown improvement projects.
For information, contact Gregory at 323-3322 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.