Bazaar brings smiles aplenty

Published 8:25 am Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ben Price visited with Santa during the Pike County Cattlewomen's Bazaar.

Ben Price visited with Santa during the Pike County Cattlewomen’s Bazaar.

The Pike County Cattlewomen’s Christmas Bazaar Saturday at Cattleman Park was a huge success with 64 vendors and more than 300 shoppers in attendance.

The 2015 Christmas Bazaar was the 2nd annual Christmas shopping event hosted by the Pike County Cattlewomen.

Michelle Long, event chair, said the numbers were up from last year and that was both exciting and encouraging.

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“We had good attendance throughout the day and a large crowd when SheBANG! performed,” Long said. “We really thank all of the vendors and appreciate the support of the community. We had about 200 through the door for our first Christmas bazaar and 300 this year and we hope to be even bigger and better next year.”

Long thanked all of the vendors who participated, the businesses that donated door prizes and all of those who came in support of the event.

“We want to also thank our sponsors, Alabama Ag Credit, Don Walker’s Western Wear, Ken Cox Ford, Little Caesar’s, May’s Distribution, Jam Berry, Unique, Linton Tractor and Lowe’s. And, the Pig Café that provided food for the event,” Long said.

Tammy Powell, a member of the local Cattlewomen’s association, said the success of the bazaar was due, in part, to Long’s outstanding leadership.

“Michelle is a great organizer and she had everything so well organized that the Christmas bazaar went off without a hitch,” Powell said. “We appreciate Michelle’s leadership.”

All proceeds from the Christmas Bazaar will support youth activities in Pike County, including the Cattlewomen’s scholarship program. “Each year, we offer scholarships to students in Pike County,” Powell said. “Of course, the Cattlewomen like to promote agriculture but that is not a requirement for the scholarships.”

One thing that is rather unique about the scholarships offered by the Pike County Cattlewomen is that the scholarships are not limited to high school seniors.

“The scholarships are also available to college students because we realize that the expense of college continues,” Powell said. “Those who receive the scholarships may reapply and many of them do. The Pike County Cattlewomen appreciate the opportunity to support young people in their educational endeavors.”

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