By KARLA POMEROY
The Basin Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Santa Bazaar and Little Shoppers this Saturday at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds in Basin.
Chamber President Barbara Anne Greene said, “Santa’s Bazaar and Little Shoppers is a great tradition of the Basin Area Chamber. Santa’s Bazaar showcases local crafters and businesses, plus it keeps money in the community. There is always a huge variety of crafts and gifts, many one of a kind.”
New this year are hayrides, Greene said, with Jeff McManus bringing his horses and wagon to give free rides.
Another new feature this year is that the chamber will be handing out coupons from local businesses. “This is another way we encourage people to shop locally,” Greene said.
For the first time Big Brothers Big Sisters will be bringing Santa for pictures with the kids.
This year’s events features a variety of vendors including jewelry, homemade goodies, homemade potholders, pillowcases and scarves, purses, Allison’s Pantry, Mary Kay and Christmas items.
The bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Little Shoppers, which will be in the back of the multi-purpose building, will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are still needed to help children shop and to bag items. Contact the chamber at 568-3055 to volunteer. Little Shoppers provides the opportunity for children age 12 and under to shop for family members. Everything is $1.
“Little shoppers is so much fun. The children love being able to shop by themselves. With gifts just $1 each they can shop for the entire family. Parents need to send a list with their child so the helper can make sure all the gifts needed are gotten,” Greene said.
After Little Shoppers kids can enjoy a movie. Rural Connections is sponsoring a matinee at 1 p.m. at the Basin City Arts Center. There is a $1 donation or canned food item for the food baskets to watch “Arthur Christmas,” begins at 1 p.m. at the Basin City Arts Center. There is also a showing Friday night at 7 p.m.
There will be breakfast concessions from The SHACK and a chili lunch sold as a fundraiser for Felines and Friends of Wyoming.