By Graham Deshazer | Copy Editor
The Pacesetters held this year’s Pacesetter Bazaar on Oct. 25 and 26. This annual event, in which hundreds of vendors from all over North Texas, Oklahoma and other nearby regions come to sell their merchandise, is a major fundraiser for the Pacesetters. Last year, over 200 exhibitors and 6,000 customers attended the Bazaar.
All the Pacesetters work at the event and make sure everything is running smoothly.
“I had a ton of fun at the Bazaar this year,” Pacesetter Brittany Grubert said. “I think everyone involved really enjoyed it.”
The Holiday Bazaar has a wide selection of gifts and jewelry, as well as food items. Admission to the Bazaar is free, and it is open to the general public.
“There’s always really good stuff at the Bazaar,” junior Emma Conditt said. “They have a huge selection of things to buy, and it’s a great way to get a head start on holiday shopping.”
The Bazaar usually brings in significant funds for the organization. The Pacesetters use these funds on a variety of things like costumes, choreography and travel expenses.
“I know that we raised a lot of money from this year’s bazaar like we usually do,” junior Pacesetter Brittany Grubert said.
“The Bazaar went very well,” Pacesetter Director Jaclyn Smith said. “We had a great turnout in terms of customers, and we hosted the most vendors we’ve ever had.”
In order to maximize profits for vendors and guarantee selection for customers, the Bazaar is a “juried show”. Vendors are chosen on criteria such as quality and uniqueness of merchandise, attractiveness of booth space and past participation.
The Holiday Bazaar is also a big event that brings people together from the surrounding area.
“Last year I had a a lot of fun at the Bazaar because I got to hang out with my friends and eat good food,” junior Jason Kelley said.