Just like leaves changing colors and the arrival of cooler temperatures, this weekend's Annual Reese Fall Bazaar is a sign that autumn has truly arrived.
The bazaar begins on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For the past 10 years, the Ladies' Auxiliary at the Reese and Community Fire Department has been sponsoring the event, one of the largest craft shows in Carroll County.
Wanda Schaeffer, the bazaar chairwoman, said at least 44 vendors from Carroll and the surrounding area will show their handiwork at this year's event.
"There are 44 different vendors filling 62 spaces in the fire hall," said Mrs. Schaeffer. "Last year, we had 41 spaces outside of the fire hall, and if weather permits we are expecting a big crowd outside again."
The event has been so popular that the auxiliary will hold a second bazaar in December for vendors who were unable to reserve space in the fall show.
"On December 5 and 6 we will have another bazaar with completely different vendors," said Mrs. Schaeffer. "We decided do this since we filled up so fast for the October show. We wanted to give other vendors a chance to show their things. This is the first time we have done a December show and it's already filled."
The October show will feature all types of crafts including wood work, wreaths, baskets, pillows, ceramics, folk art and fabric crafts.
In addition to the crafts, a breakfast and lunch menu will be offered by the auxiliary members.
"We will be making and selling barbecue, french fries, homemade vegetable soup, soda and a variety of baked goods," said Mrs. Schaeffer.
Kim Owen, a Manchester resident who makes wooden work benches, folk dolls and wreaths, will be participating in her ninth bazaar.
Ms. Owen said she continues to come back because she has found the Reese bazaar to be well organized and well attended.
"I have been in every show except the first one," Ms. Owen. "This is a really beautiful show and it's very well organized. It's probably the best show I do."
Scheduled at this time of year, the show affords many artisans the opportunity to sell crafts with holiday themes.
"This show is like a kick-off for the holiday season. It's one of the first shows in the area that has Christmas items, as well as fall decorations," Mrs. Schaeffer said.
Sykesville residents Walter Pahl and his wife, Ruth, said that most of the items to be displayed at their booth will be decorated for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"We have all kinds of different arrangements we have made for this show," said Mr. Pahl.
"We will be showing a lot of Christmas wreaths, swags and arrangements. We will also have centerpieces, egg baskets, tulip pitchers and scented brooms decorated for Halloween and Thanksgiving," he said.
Each year, the Ladies' Auxiliary donates a portion of the proceeds from the bazaar to the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company.
The funds from this and other fund-raisers throughout the year help to defray the costs involved with maintenance and the purchase of new equipment.