JOSEPH — Bells will be ringing in Joseph as more than 40 local artisans, crafters and businesses prepare for the annual Jingle Thru Joseph Holiday Bazaar.
This year’s bazaar is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, at the Joseph Community Center, 102 E. First St. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.
In its 26th year, customers looking for the unusual, perfect Christmas gift or decoration may find it at the holiday bazaar. Susie Madigan, one of the coordinators for the bazaar, said there are probably 10 to 15 vendors who have come back year after year to the bazaar.
“There are a lot of returnees, and we’re full,” she said.
She added that some will be there only the first weekend, some vendors will be working just the second weekend and that others will be there both weekends.
“A lot of time and dedication has gone into this. All the vendors put in hours and hours. It’s really nice. Come and see what we have to offer. There’s such a variety,” she said.
Among the items attendees can expect include jams and jellies, aprons, wreaths and swags, ornaments, table runners, baked goods, leather and wood craft items, photography and jewelry, pottery and metal art, soap, coffee, clothing and leggings, candles and antiques.
“It’s amazing there are so many arts and crafts people” in the county, said Doneva Bolen, another bazaar coordinator.
Although refreshments will not be available, the All-Coffee coffee truck will be set up outside the community center.
In addition to the variety of vendors, the Wallowa County Humane Society will have a silent auction. Dec. 2 and 3 is also the Humane Society’s annual fundraiser, Santa Paws, when pet owners can bring their pets in for pictures with Santa Claus.
Amy Fairchild, one of the bazaar vendors, will provide music during the event on her keyboard.
Dawn Medley of Medley’s Mustangs will have a few mustangs on site and will answer questions about the adoption process, as well as provide general information about the horses.