To get a jump-start on the holiday season, the 11th Mistletoe Market will play host to 100 vendors during its three-day run this weekend.
The shopping extravaganza is hosted by the Balvaunuca Club, a civic club for women in the Perry area which formed in 1980.
Mistletoe Market starts Friday and ends Sunday, and is held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter’s Miller-Murphy-Howard building in Perry.
The shopping venue had to move to a larger space when the waiting list for vendors became too large.
Since 2005, the club has raised over $120,000 for organizations in the Perry community as well as St. Jude Hospital, Jay’s Hope and Heart of Georgia Hospice.
Lisa Hays was one of the original founders of the Mistletoe Market and she has been the chairman since its inception.
New vendors this year include children’s clothier The Mustard Seed, paintings from The Painted Wren from Statesboro and — following with the bird theme — Wren’s Southern Ladies and Gents from Swainsboro, a Southern clothing company.
Wells Glass will be demonstrating actual stretching and blowing of glass onsite. Customers will be able to pick their own colors and designs of glass Christmas ornaments among other items.
“We strive to have the best show we can,” Hays said.
Mostly an Etsy online shop, Jada Bugs Soaps are homemade soaps that were made for sensitive skin.
A stage is set for a variety of performances including Mark Ballard. Make sure you stop by Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning and various local singing and performance groups.
Lauri Jo’s features pepper jelly, salsa and award-winning green tomato pickles. She will be on stage Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m.
Former University of Georgia head coach Vince Dooley will be on hand Friday and Sunday to sign autographs and sell copies of his book. With a purchase of a book, Dooley will sign one other item, Hays said.
There will also be a 50-50 raffle from the Tahseria Club. Last year, the winner won $4,800 in cash, Hays said.
Tickets to the event are $5 and allow shoppers access to all three days of the event.
“Our slogan is, ‘pay one time, shop all three days,’” said Hays.