A mix of traditional favorites and new options has proven successful for organizers of the Sacred Heart Bazaar, which will mark its 41st year this weekend.
Chairwoman Dianne Withers said last year was “a banner year,” with more than $55,000 raised to benefit the church; the bazaar typically brings in between $35,000 and $40,000. While some stained glass sun catchers helped drive up auction proceeds, a couple of newer additions — a 5K run and a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament — brought in some extra dollars as well.
“We’re always evolving,” Withers said. “It’s part of the success, keeping it fresh and new. We try to work as many news things in as possible.”
The weekend will start with the Gremlin 5K Walk/Run. Walk-up registration will begin at 6:45 a.m. Saturday in front of Sacred Heart School, and the race will start at 8 a.m. Cost is $35 and includes a T-shirt. There also is a Kids Fun Run, held after the 5K awards; the entry fee is $10 and includes a T-shirt and a ribbon.
Race chairwoman Carrie Smith said 65 people — including a kindergartner — took part in the 5K last year. While early registration “is a little low this year,” she said many people have told her they plan to register the day of the race.
“It’s a beautiful, scenic course,” she said of the route, which starts and ends at Sacred Heart School and winds through Liberty Park and downtown Sedalia. Smith also posted a training schedule at the school to try to inspire students, parents and others to join.
The run also will feature “the big unveiling” of a new version of the Gremlin mascot on the race T-shirts, Smith said.
Sign-in for the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the school, with play beginning at 3 p.m. Players must be at least 21 years old, and there is a $40 entry fee. A one-time opportunity to buy back in also is $40.
And while the newer activities take the spotlight early Saturday, one staple that endures is the dinner, which Withers said “has been around since the birth of the bazaar.” The fried chicken and smoked brisket dinner is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the school cafeteria. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and children age 5 and younger eat free. Tickets at the door are $2 more; advance tickets are available at the Sacred Heart Church rectory.
Smith said, “It’s good food, and you really get what you pay for. And everyone who puts it together is really wonderful.
The live auction will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school gym and includes handmade quilts, a bicycle, a gun donated by Starline and University of Missouri football tickets donated by Bryant Motors. Silent auction items are also available Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Children’s games, a craft booth, bingo and other activities are offered 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Withers said she “can’t even count the number of volunteers” it takes to make the bazaar a success.
“And not just parents, kids at the school, too,” she said. “They help set up and do little jobs we have. Even grade school kids help with the carnival games.”
• 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run: Registration form online at gogremlins.com. For more information, call Carrie Smith at 287-3113.
• Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament: Registration form online at gogremlins.com. For more information, call Bryan Jenkins at 221-5034.
• Fried Chicken and Smoked Brisket Dinner: Tickets available at the Sacred Heart Church
rectory, 421 W. Third St.