RIDGWAY – The perfect holiday gift will be waiting for shoppers at the Ouray County 4-H Center in Ridgway this Saturday as it plays host to the First Annual Ouray County Non-Profit Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. As an added treat, special guest Santa Claus will be taking time out of his very busy schedule to greet and hear children’s holiday wishes throughout the day.
Local nonprofit organizations from all over Ouray County including the Second Chance Humane Society, Columbine Club, Ouray County Elks, and the Voyager Youth Program will be setting up booths at the event offering a wide variety of items for sale. Proceeds will benefit each nonprofit, and raise awareness about the different organizations.
“So far we have 11 nonprofits who will be participating,” said Susan Long, manager of the 4-H Center. “They are able to come in and set up a 10 by 10 booth and sell items to raise money, raise awareness, develop membership, or do all three.”
Long said Girl Scout Troop 70 will be selling nuts, while the Columbine Club and the Women’s Club of Ouray are making all kinds of crafts to sell at the bazaar. Voyager Youth Program members will be selling clothes and similar items and 4-H clubs will provide beverages including soda, coffee and hot chocolate. Other nonprofits that will be participating on Saturday include the Ridgway Railroad Museum, Yankee Boy Conservation Association, San Juan Riding Program, and Mt. Hayden Rebekah Lodge #54.
The Second Chance Humane Society will be taking Holiday Keepsake Photos of Santa with children, families and leashed (and well-behaved) pets.
“We have been decorating for a week,” Long said of the holiday ornaments and trees are sure to get attendees in the spirit of the season. “There are Christmas trees everywhere.”
Long proposed a local nonprofit bazaar to the Ouray County Commissioners last year, who subsequently said yes to the idea. She said she hopes this year’s inaugural event is a big enough success that it leads to an annual bazaar.
“Hopefully this will be high traffic enough that everybody will want to do it again,” Long said. “This is a nice offering to the nonprofits to raise money and raise awareness for their organizations. I hope everybody can have a good time and get their pictures taken with Santa.”
For more information on the event, contact Long at 626-3304 or Second Chance Humane Society at 626-2273.