Christmas Bazaar a hit for vendors and visitors alike

Photos by David Stewart

By David Stewart

The First Baptist Church opened its gym this past weekend for the annual Tourism Christmas Bazaar. The building was full of everything from sweet treats to homemade jewelry and beyond.

A display that was attracting attention was the Hellcat Farm. Mary Beth Jewell, the owner, was sitting and using a spinning wheel to change wool into yarn. She and her husband had bought a farm eight years ago because she “loves to remain close to her heritage” and “she really loves animals.”

Her nimble feet on the pedals and hands on the wool, drew numerous responses from the crowd.

Jewell pointed out, “I should be able to do this, as I have been practicing for 12 years.” The farm has 13 Angora goats and two “guard donkeys.”

She said, “Most folks aren’t aware of the capabilities of a donkey. They keep all predators away from the goats. We do not have a coyote problem! I have had to go out and rescue neighbor’s dogs that wandered into the wrong situation.”

The Baker Family Farm was in the house. Judith Baker, family matriarch said, “We will be selling off some sweet stuff. We are running low on sorghum (from our stir-offs earlier in the year), but we do have plenty of baked items with sorghum in them. Their table was loaded with everything from apple butter to 8-10 layer apple stack cakes. Baker says she already had more orders for more stack cakes. Holly Baker, her granddaughter, claimed to have been the one to do all the work.

The Bazaar ran Friday through cleanup on Saturday evening. Charles Frazier of Barbourville Tourism, said, “We really appreciate the church for letting us use this building. We’ll make certain that we are out and everything is cleaned up in time for services in the morning.”