1,000 attendees expected at Orange Christmas Bazaar

  • The Orange Historical Society Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 41 North Main St. in Orange. Pictured are Walter Pollard and his wife, Ingrid Pollard, two of the event’s organizers. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 12/5/2019 6:25:21 PM
Modified: 12/5/2019 6:25:10 PM

ORANGE — Those who stop by the Orange Historical Society on Saturday could get a chance to win a free oil change, or a dinner at a local restaurant, or even a Hummel figurine.

The Orange Historical Society Christmas Bazaar will be held this Saturday at 41 North Main St. Doors open at 9 a.m.

The event features a canned goods table and baked goods for sale, as well as a large “chance table,” which is essentially a tin can raffle.

Those entering the event can buy a card for under $5. That card comes with a number of removable raffle tickets. There are more than 140 prizes available, valued at more than $3,500, ranging from gift certificates at local restaurants and businesses, to car detailings.

Choose the prizes you’d like to win, and toss your ticket into the corresponding cans. If your ticket gets drawn from a can at 2 p.m., you’ve won that can’s prize.

“They pick whatever they’d like to take a chance at,” said organizer Walter Pollard. “Some people win three, four, five items; some people win none.”

Local businesses have been donating items to the event, which, according to Maureen Riendeau, has become “one of the main fundraisers of the society, which is home to three floors and a three-story barn full of Orange history.”

Proceeds support the $7,000 cost of heating and maintenance for the group’s French-Weymouth House, which is home to the historical society’s treasures, including the Grout steam car manufactured in Orange during the early 1900s.

This is the fourth year of the annual event, and organizers are expecting a large turnout.

“We get close to 1,000 people,” said Pollard, who added that the event has become one of the largest Christmas season bazaars in the region. “We are a very active historical society.”

Pollard said the event allows donating businesses free advertising, with the businesses’ names featured prominently and business cards available.

“It’s a good thing for everybody, and that’s why we get so much support,” Pollard said. “It’s a win-win. We get a nice prize to raffle off, and the person who donated the prize gets free advertising. ... When you think of it, 1,000 people walking by throughout the day, that’s a lot.”

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.

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