Holiday Craft Bazaar

Stephanie Reynolds, right, and Katie Chase, both of Wenatchee, shop for hair clips at the Golden Apple Marching Band's Holiday Craft Bazaar at Wenatchee High School.

WENATCHEE — The Golden Apple Marching Band (GA) will host its annual Holiday Craft Bazaar at Wenatchee High School from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7, with more than 100 vendors expected; entrance to the event is free.

The bazaar will bring in a wide variety of original and handmade items, including all-natural personal bath and body products, custom jewelry pieces, unique wall art, metal and wood yard creations, adorable baby clothing and textile crafts, as well as a variety of holiday decor items you won’t want to miss. The bazaar will also feature a children’s craft area and a surprise visit from Santa with photo opportunities.

The bazaar comes after the completion of GA’s 2019 field show competition season. Every year, the GA band from Wenatchee High School attends five marching band competitions around Washington state, culminating with the Auburn Veteran’s Day Marching Band competition. This year, GA started its season with a seventh-place finish in Pasco, and ended it with second-place overall in Auburn.

The band participated in the Auburn Veteran’s Day parade in the morning, and performed its field show “Along Came a Spider” in the evening. The field show told a story where band members were slowly taken into a spider’s web, eventually becoming trapped with no hope of escape. This winter, GA will participate in the Large Group Ensemble contest, students will participate in groups for Solo/Ensemble competition, and the entire band will perform its winter concert Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium (open to the public). Parade marching season will start as the snow thaws, preparing GA for the Apple Blossom Parade on May 2 and its spring trip to Victoria, Canada, later in May.

The bazaar stands as the largest fundraiser for the band program via the band booster club. Students are expected to pay $250 out-of-pocket to participate in band each year, in addition to the annual spring trip fees. Fundraisers, including the bazaar, enable band students to volunteer and earn money toward these expenses, as well as provide critical funding for items such as new uniforms, transportation to field shows and instrument repair.

The bazaar is run by band booster members, who will be recognizable in their black-band polos, and band students, in Santa hats, the day of the event. In addition to the proceeds raised from each crafter renting their space at the bazaar, they will also donate one item for a raffle, with ticket sales benefiting the band as well.

Along with exploring the booths, customers will be able to grab an espresso, baked goods, kettle corn or tacos from food stands at the event. For more information, visit the Holiday Craft Bazaar at facebook.com/gacraftbazaar.

Mackenzie Mueller is a reporter for The Apple Leaf, Wenatchee High School’s award-winning student newspaper.