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This bazaar said ‘Yes to the Dresses’

October 31, 2013
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

FAIRFAX - Thanks to lots of labor by church committee women, historic wedding dresses and other wedding memorabilia and lots of homemade food will be featured Saturday at the "Here Comes the Bride" Fall Bazaar Saturday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Fairfax.

Wedding dresses, shoes, photos, receipts for flowers and Fairfax Auditorium rental fees will be on display. Members of the church and others in the community provided the items.

"The dresses are still beautiful," said bazaar committee member Jan Simonsen. "People really get excited about getting their wedding dresses and other wedding things out. Some brought photos, bouquets, shoes and veils. Everybody has a story about their wedding day to tell too."

Article Photos

Staff photo by Fritz Busch
From left, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax Fall Bazaar committee members Jan Simonsen, Mary Eckstein and Julie Nesberg look at some of the wedding dresses to be displayed Saturday at the church. Displays include other wedding details such as accessories, photos and receipts.

Simonsen said the bazaar formerly focused on food and crafts. Last year, quilts were featured. She attended an event with historic wedding dresses and decided to try it in Fairfax.

"The bazaar has been a community event for a long time. Now it's drawing people from a larger area. It's lots of fun," Simonsen said.

Many brides sewed their own dresses. Others bought them at stores like the Lorraine Shop and Brett's Department Store Bridal Shop, both in Mankato.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: 'Here Comes the Bride' Fall Bazaar including apple dumplings, soups, sandwiches, barbecue, Turkey Supreme, cinnamon and caramel rolls and other desserts, craft sale, country store and raffle

Where: St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Fairfax

When: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2

Some families brought as many a three generations of wedding dresses to the bazaar. Dresses will be displayed in the sanctuary as well as the lower level.

Of course, the event will include bake and crafts sales, raffles and a country store with fruits and vegetables.

The bazaar, which is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, is one of the church's biggest fundraisers.

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