he Bazaar consists of home-cooked box lunches and a dinner served on Friday the week the midway is open. Box lunches are available for pickup or delivery, for orders of 10 or more, between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A buffet style meal is then served in the St. Joseph Spiritan Hall Dining Room from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. that evening. Dinner includes drink and homemade desserts. This is an annual event for the benefit of St. Joseph School that takes place the end of July or first of August.
Some of the longest standing booths still operating today would be the Ham & Bacon Stand, the Hat Stand, and the 4-leaf Clover. There are games for all ages, from the Bounce House for the very young and the Basketball Shoot, Baseball & Football Throw for the teenagers to the Ham & Bacon Stand for adults. Novelty food items consist of funnel cakes, homemade lemonade, and kettle corn to name a few. The Hamburger Stand is a must for everyone. You will have to come check it out for yourself.
The first St. Joseph Bazaar took place in 1912 when the School Sisters of Notre Dame sold fancy needlework to the parishioners to purchase school supplies for the St. Joseph Grade School. This was the beginning of what has become a community event for the city of Conway.
The Bazaar Mission Statement exemplifies the importance of this event to the entire parish:
“The St. Joseph Bazaar exists solely to benefit St. Joseph School. Begun in 1912, it offers parishioners and others a way to help provide financial support and a margin of excellence for the educational opportunities of students. In the implantation of this mission the bazaar maintains an environment that encourages and provides community interaction, continuity, fellowship, public service, leadership development, stewardship, and evangelization, therein-generating abundant opportunities for elevation the general good of the school. The Bazaar is a ministry through which the school expresses its commitment to being a loving, caring, joy-filled people dedicated to the growth of God’s kingdom and the living of the Gospel.”