By MATT CRANE
Arts and crafts will not be the only thing selling out Friday during First United Methodist Church's annual Christmas Handworks Bazaar.
Once again, members of FUMC Starkville are pulling out their best recipes in anticipation for the hungry crowds sure to gather in the church's Christian Life Center.
Bazaar chairman Pam Hunt said she is excited about this year's bake sale, with proceeds from their culinary sales going toward Habitat for Humanity.
"The women of the church of baking their specialties," she said. "Last year, as soon as the doors opened, we sold out of our caramel cakes."
Hunt said the bazaar will also features hundreds of frozen casseroles that are perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
"A lot of people do their shopping for holiday meals," she said. "They can get everything that is perfect for Thanksgiving dinners."
Hunt said the church raised almost $6,000 at last year's bazaar and is expecting a larger crowd this year.
"We get the money from the registration fee, and then we make money from the bake sale, the casseroles and our sandwich shop."
The sandwich shop, Hunt said, will include homemade pimento and cheese, and chicken salad sandwiches.
"Salads and sandwiches are $8 which includes chips and a cookie," she said. "We'll also have coffee and muffins for our morning crew."
Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Freddie Rasberry said the money from the bazaar goes toward the Apostle's House which is the organization's spring building project which cost anywhere from $50,000-$60,000.
"Their support means everything because we wouldn't have any way of doing anything without this," he said. "We try to be good stewards of what the community provides us."
Hunt said she is hopeful the community will come out to support not only the artisans and chefs that provide the bazaar with its various items, but to also contribute to a wonderful organization while preparing for the Christmas season.
"People will have a good time and, of course, the benefit is ultimately for Habitat for Humanity," she said. "People will have smiling faces and be ready for Christmas. You just get in a happy spirit when you've been to the bazaar."
The seventh annual Christmas Handworks Bazaar lasts from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Christian Life Center at FUMC in Starkville.
For more information, call 662-323-5722.
Check out the featured recipes from this year's bazaar.