Holiday Bazaar
by Special to The News
The Golden Eagle Holiday Bazaar featuring the Harvest Queen Pageant, first Jacksonville Pizza Bake Off, donuts with mascots and cupcakes with Santa will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jacksonville High School.

This is the third year for this one-day fundraiser for the JHS Golden Eagle Band.

“It takes a lot of money to keep our high school band going each year, “ band parent Millie Wilson said. “We are in need of new equipment, new uniforms, new instruments, instrument upkeep, funding for students that cannot pay band fees, transportation expenses and much more.

“Here are just a few examples. One new tuba can cost over $5,000 alone. Some of the instruments at JHS have been here longer than the current band director Jeff Gossett; who has been here 21 years.”

An example of equipment that is needed is a Gator Utility Vehicle and trailer. Currently students have to push the pit instruments from the band room to the stadium for every home game and every day for practice from the band room to the practice field which is almost as far.

“This is rough on the students and the instruments,” Wilson said. “If we had a Gator we could pull the instruments and other items like the drum major stands, that parents currently take turns pulling each week for home games.”

Wilson said new uniforms cost about $235 per students and there are 100 band members.

“We are on our 10th year in our current uniforms,” she said. “Typically the life of band uniforms is eight years or less. Our program has done an excellent job taking care of ours; but it is past time for new ones; you can only repair so much.”

So fundraising is an ongoing function of the band booster organization and the holiday bazaar is the big fundraiser for the group.

This year the boosters have planned some special events for the bazaar.

The band is sponsoring Jacksonville’s first Pizza Bake-Off. Come out and vote for your favorite Pizza Place in Jacksonville. From 2 to 4 p.m., Effina’s, Roma’s, Wake ‘N Bake, Roma’s, Little Caesar’s, Domino’s, & Papa John’s will be bringing samples for attendees to try so you can also vote on the best pepperoni and best specialty pizza’s in town.

For the kids in the community, there will be donuts with mascots; a chance for the kids to visit and take pictures with JSU’s Cocky and Jack, the JHS Eagle mascot. Kids can also sign up to have cupcakes with Santa and sit on his knee, tell him what they want for Christmas and take a picture.

There is a $5 charge for these events and parents can sign up by texting their name to 256-283-8885 by Friday at noon. In addition, there will be a free magic show and Howell Vending will have blow-ups for the kids.

The Harvest Queen Pageant will also be taking place all day at JHS. Registration continues for the pageant for girls birth through age 23, as well as vendor registrations. All the details for all events are on the pageant’s Website and on the Golden Eagle Holiday Bazaar FaceBook page.

Schedule of events

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Vendor Booths open for shopping – Sign up for door prizes.

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Donuts with Mascots (Cocky has to leave at 10 a.m., Jack will be here until 11).

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Free Magic Show.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Cupcakes with Santa and Pizza Bake Off samples.
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