Raising funds with fun
RAF LAKENHEATH — It’s that time of the year again, time for the local Air Force community to gather in the name of fun, charity and buying some really cool stuff.
The annual Lakenheath Holiday Bazaar kicks off Friday, offering food, rides and vendors from across Europe hawking their wares.
They will be selling Dutch cheese, Polish pottery, rugs and a ton of antiques, to name a few items, according to Kate Van Yperen, the bazaar’s chairwoman.
“It’s a great place for people to come and be able to buy all kinds of different things they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to buy,” Van Yperen said.
The event takes place around hangar 6, building 1238 and the wash rack on either side of the taxiway.
Aside from the numerous vendors on hand, there will be rides and food outside, she said.
“It’s a great atmosphere,” she said. “Everybody from the Lakenheath community comes to the bazaar.”
Concessions will be open two hours later on Friday and Saturday this year, giving community members more time to take in the bazaar, Van Yperen said.
And while good deals and good times are a given with the event, it’s also the primary fundraising apparatus for the Enlisted and Civilian Spouses Club and the Officers and Civilians Spouse Club, two organizations that donate regularly to charities throughout the year, she said.
Last year, the bazaar pulled in $70,000, she said.
“This is our biggest fundraising event of the year that goes to providing the money we’re able to give,” Van Yperen said.
From the variety of products available to the all-around fun vibe, the bazaar offers an experience most community members won’t find back in the States, she said.
“We’re able to get vendors from all over Europe,” Van Yperen said. “That’s pretty unique. All these things are so unique to being over here.”
Lakenheath Holiday Bazaar
Friday: 4 to 8 p.m.Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Where: Either side of the taxiway near hangar 6, the wash rack and building 1238.