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Bazaar season has arrived

Bobbie Cowan, Audrey Page Bosselman and Sue Turner show off the decorative sign letting passersby on U.S. Route 460 know about the Providence United Methodist Church’s fall bazaar next week.

The weather’s getting cooler, and the leaves are starting to change — that means a multitude of church bazaars are on their way.

Providence United Methodist Church, 3105 Providence Road, will hold its bazaar Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will be busy all next week sorting items, decorating and making 1,000 pounds of homemade sausage for the traditional event.

“We have been making homemade sausage for over 30 years,” said Bobbie Cowan, one of the three co-chairs of the event. “Last year, we made 500 pounds, and it was gone by 10 o’clock. This year, we are making a thousand pounds.”

Organizer still hope the sausage will be gone soon, said co-chair Sue Turner.

“We used to do this every other year,” Turner said of the bazaar. “It’s been so successful, we had to move it to every year.”

A group of men from the church gather the day before the bazaar to create the homemade sausage. A special recipe has been passed down in the church through the years — one its members and the surrounding community seem to enjoy.

Besides the homemade sausage, the celebration will include a lunch of Brunswick stew and ham biscuits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, visitors can purchase goodies from the sweet shop and country store, buy hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausage fresh from the grill, and feast on funnel cakes and home-cooked French fries. Holiday crafts, embroidery, Pampered Chef products and more also will be for sale.

In addition, student nurses will be on site to conduct blood pressure and blood sugar screenings.

“We’re praying for sunshine,” Turner said.

The third co-chair, Audrey Page Bosselman, also serves on the organizing committee.

For more information on the bazaar, call 539-9444.