By Don Groves
The Albany Ledger
For the third year in a row, shoppers can get a head start on the holiday without leaving home at the Albany Chamber of Commerce Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Albany High School.
The event has grown since its beginning and this year will feature at least 37 vendors, nearly double the first Holiday Bazaar in 2012.
“It’s a huge deal this year,” event organizer Tonya McCampbell said.
While shoppers can find a variety of items such as Scentsy candles, jewelry, and handmade crafts as they have in previous years, several new foods will be available from vendors.
Granny’s Kettle Korn from Blockton, Iowa, will offer different flavors, the Albany Young Farm Wives will sell homemade noodles and Jennifer Eddis of Bethany will have cinnamon roasted pecans and almonds, McCampbell said.
Also new this year is Dana Hulet, who will sell primitive crafts, and the chance to win a hand-quilted antique pineapple pattern quilt created by the Carnegie Library Nimble Thimble Quilters as a fundraiser for the Albany Carnegie Public Library.
McCampbell said Deb’s Dinky Diner will be back again this year to supply breakfast and lunch, which will include hot dogs and chili dogs. Deb’s will also sell whole pies.
McCampbell said she expects this year’s turnout to be even bigger as well.
“Last year we had around 275 people,” McCampbell said. “We’re expecting at least 300, if the weather is permitting.”
Entrance to the Holiday Bazaar is $1 or a donation of canned food items, McCampbell said. The food items will go to the Albany Ministerial Alliance food pantry at Albany United Methodist Church and The Lord’s Warehouse, the said.