It was a difficult decision, but after 39 years, the Stony Knoll United Methodist Women’s group has decided that this year’s church bazaar will be the last.
“We’re just worn out and we can’t do it anymore,” said UMW President Melinda Weatherford.
The last bazaar went out with a bang though, with shoppers lining up as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday to purchase homemade food and craft items.
Sausage, tenderloin and country ham biscuits were served as well as a wide variety of homemade baked goods. Christmas crafts, crocheted and knitted items, flower arrangements and more were sold.
“We have a very talented church,” Weatherford said. With an aging congregation, however, Weatherford said it had become increasingly difficult for church members to make items for the bazaar, hence their decision to discontinue the event.
The group has donated to a variety of charities, including assisting local families in need with the funds raised at the bazaar over the years. Finding a new way to raise funds to support good causes in the community was also a challenge, Weatherford said.
Shoppers to the annual bazaar were undoubtedly disappointed that this year’s event was to be the last.
“If I had realized that next year would have to be 40 years, I would have suggested we do it one more year,” Weatherford said.
She noted that shoppers at the bazaar were from the local community as well as Winston-Salem and they often had repeat customers each year.
“It’s usually the same crowd every year,” Weatherford said. “Once somebody comes they usually keep coming.”
By 8 a.m. very few things were left at the bazaar so the final event was definitely a success.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.