The Holiday Bazaar is coming up Sunday, and local craftmakers are working full blast to cater to the 4,500 to 5,000 people expected to attend the 36th annual event.
This year’s bazaar will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.
“There have been a lot of late nights,” said Ellie Berland, who will be selling customized mugs and vinyl decals with her mother.
Berland is just one of 130 vendors who will sell holiday-themed goods at the bazaar.
“People seem to be enthusiastic to getting to the shows, and that’s a good thing for artists working on their own trying to make a living,” jewelry and silversmith Bill Collins said.
This is Collins’ first Holiday Bazaar, which is organized by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.
The Lawrence Children’s Choir Ambassadors will entertain the crowd with holiday songs.
“It’s a great way of starting the holiday season off,” said Duane Peterson, parks and recreation special even supervisor. “It’s a way of people gathering together to start off the season and socialize as well.
“Artists coming from across the Midwest selling specialty items for the holiday season alone would be enough to get me out.”