Church bazaar set for Saturday

No one associated with St. Bernards Catholic Church today knows exactly why there was a bazaar in 1866, but they do know that Saturday’s Fall Bazaar and Hog Roast will be the 149th consecutive similar event. 

The bazaar, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., raises funds for church activities and community organizations. The local event is believed to be the longest running fundraising event in the county. 


“We do not know why the church had the first bazaar,” church member Ron Hess said. “Maybe it was to help Civil War veterans or just help community members. We just don’t know, but the fact our bazaar started 149 years ago and we still have it today is really amazing.”

Hess said the importance of the bazaar is to help serve those in need.

“We will donate 30 percent of the proceeds to community organizations that help people,” he said. “We will give donations to HUB Ministries, FISH Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army.”

The day-long event if full of family-friendly activities.

There will be children’s games and craft vendors as well as a bake sale. There also be Texas Hold’em, a corn hole tournament with a cash prize and Bingo. Raffle tickets will be sold for cash prizes and a quilt. Raffle ticket cash prizes include $2,500, $1,000 and $500 to lucky ticket holders.

There will be a silent auction and a casino with a beer and wine garden. 

Live entertainment will perform 5:30-8 p.m.

The hog roast will begin serving at 11 a.m. and continue through dinner.

“We hope Crawfordsville will come out for a good time and help support the bazaar,” Hess said.

The church is located at 1306 E. Main St. For more information, call 362-6121.