The annual St. Joseph School Bazaar is right around the corner.
Nicole Rappold with the school said the event originally started in 1912 as way for the nun, who were also the teachers, to raise money for the school and its students.
Everyone would create homemade goods and crafts and sell them during the fundraiser, she said.
Now in its 106th year, Rappold said it’s changed, adding games and other fun events through time, but still serves as the school’s biggest annual fundraiser.
She said the event kicks off Friday with the box lunches from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
On the menu is spaghetti with marinara sauce, Jerry’s Homemade Brats, green beans and a homemade roll for $9; desserts — apple, cherry, coconut, chocolate and pecan pie and cheesecake, German Chocolate and Italian Cream cake — are all $1, with whole cakes set at $15.
According to the Facebook event, there is free Conway delivery with 10 or more orders; to do that order online, download the form and email or fax it to: firstname.lastname@example.org, 501-329-3865, fax 501-329-1987.
Rappold said they have about sell about 1,200 box lunches each year.
“It’s amazing to see the support we’ve gotten from Conway and central Arkansas over the years,” she said.
Next up is the spaghetti dinner Friday night from 5-8 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
The dinner, which includes the spaghetti, green beens sausage, fried chicken, sauerkraut, salad, roll, drink and dessert, is $13 for adults and $6 for children.
The flea market is open from 8-5 p.m. Friday and 9-2 p.m. Saturday.
Rappold said they get about 2,000 people attending the two-day event every year.
She said she’s been a member of St. Joseph Church for nearly 15 years and every year they attend and she always sees people she doesn’t recognize, knowing that so many from the community that don’t attend the church or the school still come out to support them.
Rappold said that’s incredible to see and is “neat” to know that not only is St. Joseph’s such a big part of the Conway community, but also that they community is such a big part of St. Joseph’s as well.
Year after year, she said, her favorite part of the entire event is being able to take all of her children and knowing it’s going to be a family-friendly, safe and fun event.
The midway opens at 5:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the middle school playground.
Midway booths for the 2018 event include: Plinko, goldfish throw, ring toss, inflatables, basketball shoot, cake stand, Bingo, dunking booth and more.
Participants will also have the opportunity to hear live music, eat all kinds of carnival foods and drinks, take part in raffles and more.
The online auction for the event can also be found on the St. Joseph School Bazaar website as well.