RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — More than 130 vendors from all over Europe will be selling their wares beginning Thursday at the 44th annual Ramstein Welfare Bazaar.
One of the largest — if not the largest — of its kind among the U.S. military in Europe, the bazaar runs through Sunday with vendors set up in two Ramstein hangars and a massive tent nearby. Food vendors and live entertainment will be on hand, as well.
Shoppers can buy furniture, carpets, tapestries, pottery, jewelry, wines, chocolate, cheeses and the like. The event is open to all U.S. and NATO identification card holders.
"It’s a great place to spend the weekend," said Karen Nichols, chairwoman of the Ramstein Officers’ Spouses Club bazaar committee. "It’s literally one-stop shopping."
Prices are in dollars. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted, and an ATM will be on site.
Shopping opens to all at noon on Thursday, which along with Friday is a stroller-friendly day. On Saturday and Sunday, stroller parking is available outside to lessen congestion.
The bazaar is sponsored by the 435th Services Squadron and produced by the Ramstein Officers’ Spouses Club. More than 1,200 volunteers make the event happen.
All proceeds raised by the spouses club at the event go back to the military community.
Last year, the bazaar raised more than $285,000, which was returned to the community in the form of scholarships, grants and charitable contributions, Nichols said.
"Being able to have this kind of fundraiser really helps the military community," she said.
The bazaar takes place in two hangars near the flight line in the vicinity of Ramstein’s Hercules Theater; signs on base will direct you to the event.
For more information, visit www.ramstein-bazaar.org.