“It is just a plethora of awesomeness,” said Donna Weaver, the event’s co-chair.
Weaver said the event is free to attend; however, there will be a quarter auction at noon and door prizes each with items donated by the various vendors. Participants can purchase tickets for 50 cents each for the vendor items and $1 each for the door prizes. Funding from the door prizes will go toward the auxiliary’s charitable endeavors.
Weaver said the auxiliary supports the American Legion, which is a U.S. Veterans Association. In order to help the American Legion, the auxiliary will raise funds for two receptacles so that anyone with torn or tattered flags can hand the American flag over for proper disposal. Funding also will be put toward sponsoring two local high schoolers for Girls State, an event where the participants run simulations of holding political office and learn about government.
“It shows them what kind of things they need to do to become a leader in government,” Weaver said.
Further funding will go to a school for troubled children, aiding the school’s wish list in serving its students. Weaver said the goal is to raise awareness for important veterans’ causes as well as show local civic-minded pursuits.
Weaver said the auxiliary in Holmes County has a diverse population as it involves people from English, Amish and Mennonite backgrounds. She said many people have a grandparent who acted as a conscientious observer, medic or nurse during different war-time efforts, serving important roles in assisting the U.S. military.
“It’s a unique situation,” she said.
And that will be represented at the show with vendors from the Amish, Mennonite and English communities from five different counties.
In addition to raffles assisting the auxiliary’s causes, the Boy Scouts will have a lunch stand where they receive 100 percent of the proceeds, Weaver said. Tea Run Parochial School, an Amish school, also will host a bake sale and receive 100 percent of the proceeds.
Weaver said most of the vendors will accept cash, credit or check for items on sale at the event and added that the show is a good time to purchase gifts for Mother’s Day. Wooster Hospital also will provide a sign-up sheet for women who need to get a mammogram. Women can take advantage of the free shuttle service and receive a reduced fee to cover the screening if they don’t have insurance coverage.
Ladies will be available to meet with anyone interested in joining the auxiliary and receive flags for proper disposal. American flags will be on sale that day as well.
Published: April 18, 2017