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Fall bazaar offers Christmas head start
Set for Saturday at First Baptist Church
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Fall Bazaar

* When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

* Where: First Baptist Cumming, 1597 Sawnee Drive

* Cost: $1 admission for quilting ministry; items are various prices

With Halloween come and gone, a local church is planning to help people get a jump on their Christmas shopping.  

The public is invited to attend First Baptist Cumming’s annual Fall Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1597 Sawnee Drive.

One of the event organizers, Sandi Abbott, said the bazaar will feature a wide array of items for sale.

“We are full with about 50 vendors with everything from Christmas items and jewelry to soaps, honey, vintage wares and antiques,” she said.

Also available will be handmade arts-and-crafts pieces such as scarves, pottery and paintings, as well as plenty of children’s items.

“Most of the items are excellent gift ideas,” Abbott said.

The church’s Ruth Reed Women on Mission group, which presents the bazaar each year, is requesting a $1 admission fee.

All proceeds from admissions will go toward a quilting ministry, which supplies the handmade items to the families of fallen soldiers.

In addition, homemade breakfast and lunch items and baked goods will be for sale through the Kathy Jolly Women on Mission group.

There’s also a silent auction at the bazaar, with all proceeds from the items going to the Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief fund and the Lighthouse Family Retreat, which helps families who have children with cancer.

“If people take part in any portion of the event, they should know everything goes to a worthy cause,” Abbott said. “A part of every dollar spent at the event goes to our various mission projects and ministries.”

The event always draws a large crowd, she said.

“We don’t know exactly how many people attend, but I would guess it’s around 1,000 to 1,500 people,” she said.

“People can come and do their Christmas shopping and know that they are helping a good cause.”