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Tis the season for the Holiday Baazar

November 16, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

More than 50 vendors from Boone, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and across Iowa set up shop in the Dysart Community Center for the 47th Annual Holiday Baazar, bringing festive and fun trinkets to the town.

The event has been sponsored by the Dysart Development Corporation for the past seven years, but had its start with the Dysart Women's Club. In addition to the Lions Club serving Maid-Rites, approximately 60 tables were book for the event, with several vendors taking up more than one for their merchandise. Many vendors had been coming for years to the event, including Nancy Leyens. Leyens has sold baby items such as blankets, headbands and toys at the Holiday Baazar for 12 years after creating items for her grandchildren. She has also worked to help promote her hometown baazar as well.

"When I go to other sales, I always take extra flyers to advertise this place to get more people to come over," Leyens said. "I enlist other salesmen to help. It's a fun event and fun for people to shop at. Everyone gets into the spirit of the holidays with this."

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Speaking of holiday spirit, Rita McFarlane of Waterloo, spreads her own by selling homemade Christmas decor. McFarlane has attended the Holiday Baazar for three years after she found out about the event through an application at another show. She worked numerous jobs, including at John Deere, before finding a hobby in creating these jolly pieces.

"All of my merchandise was made by hand," McFarlane said. "I sew it, stuff it, put it together with fabric, books and other items. It started as a hobby and the hobby grew to the point I wanted to start selling. Creating these is rewarding and the compliments you get are nice. I have lots of girls that love these."

The entire building is used to house the vendors, with a majority of the tables upstairs and the rest scattered downstairs.

"The sales and the crowd bring me back each year," McFarlane said. "Dysart is such a nice small town with lots of shops. Everyone is friendly and we love the crowd. It's never too early to shop for the holidays."

Ask Leyens if after 12 years she tires of this bazaar and she'll tell you no.

"This is my favorite baazar because it's in my hometown and I always do well here," Leyens said. "This is more than 40 years old and really seems to be enjoyable for everyone whether they are shopping or selling."

Each vendor also donates an item for a special raffle, with all proceeds going to the Union Scholarship fund.



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