Since last year’s successful 50th year of the Bazaar, things have changed. For one, the originators of the Bazaar turned the event over to other capable hands and similar goals. From the Brookings Nite Family Community Education group (through Oregon State Extension Service), the event passed to Brookings Chapter GE, PEO. PEO is an international organization dedicated to helping women attain further education through scholarships and loans. The Chapter GE members worked beside Brookings Nite for 2 years to learn the Bazaar from the ground up, and were so excited to take over the 51st annual event on their own.
Of course, no one planned on the Covid-19 virus epidemic. Unhappily, the Bazaar this year will have to be postponed till next year in an abundance of caution. First, in a meeting with the Brookings Harbor School District 17-C Superintendent, we found that community activities cannot be held in the school facilities, especially one that brings in such huge crowds. The required sanitation to clean the facilities after the event would be too costly, as well as the liability if any participants were to contact the virus while attending. Additionally, no other facilities in the area are large enough for the event as it is currently structured. PEO also cannot obtain liability insurance for such an activity until the epidemic is over, and indeed, PEO International officials are asking local Chapters to suspend any such activities until then. Of primary importance are the Governor of Oregon’s orders on restricting crowd sizes at events, both indoor and outdoor. The Bazaar has more vendors than allowed, let alone crowds of customers!
With the annual date for registration just 2 weeks away, we determined we had no choice but to postpone for a year. The school superintendent offered to hold the date of November 13, 2021 for the 51st Annual Bazaar and we hope you will all consider participating at that time. Watch this web page and our Facebook page of the same name for info in the future, and email us to get on the email list.
For those of you who already have been stocking up your merchandise, we are offering our sincere apologies for this decision but know you realize it is beyond our control. Some of you who have contacted us are trying to find other solutions. One vendor has talked to the owner of the empty Shop Smart space at the local shopping center who was open to a smaller event in that location, provided someone organized it and each vendor provided insurance. Our group will not be organizing this….it would be up to each of you.
Another exciting suggestion is that each vendor find a space, even in their own garage, and plan an event for that same date, November 14, similar to the local “Garage Sale Saturday” events, and let customers go from place to place. The local newspaper, The Curry Coastal Pilot is enthusiastic about the idea, and is working on layout, cost, etc. They suggested that folks would be challenged to visit every small garage-based bazaar, so perhaps it should be a 2 day event. You would need to provide a very short description of your items and address. A map would show all the participants so customers could drive from one to the other. This would spread out the customers so it would meet state standards. When the Pilot has something drawn up, we will forward it to you as a courtesy. It might be a great option for you for this year’s Bazaar! This would be totally through the Pilot and our group would not be in charge.
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We look forward to seeing all your happy faces, healthy and excited, for the event next November on the 13th, 2021.
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