‘Big Blue School’ hosts the Hilger Christmas Bazaar

Come to Hilger for an Old-Fashioned Country Christmas Bazaar. How about hot, spiced apple juice or coffee and homemade cookies as you stroll through the lovely displays, inhaling the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg. (You know we bake pies every morning and you can smell them baking as you walk in). You don’t want to skip the wonderful lunch with two fabulous homemade soups, hot dogs, Polish sausage, walking tacos and desserts. Revel in the sounds of Christmas carols and people getting into the holiday spirit.  Here is the place to pick up all of those lovely homemade craft items done by local artists.

We’ll be open on two days: Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our location is at the former Hilger School building (the Blue School at the top of the hill) in the town of Hilger, 15 miles north of Lewistown; watch for the signs and the huge candy canes out front.

There is the “Bake Sale to Die For” with everything from bread to any kind of pie you can think of. The gooseberry pie is back; four are expected. What is a “kolache” anyway? I must have them. Dog cookies? Chokecherry jam, almond roca (get there early before the 4-H club buys it all), raspberry scones, fruitcake, you-name-any-kind of bread, brownies, any kind of cookie or pie, 400 homemade caramels and fudge. You name it; we’ll have it at the Bake Sale. Including jams, jellies and syrups? You bet.

Once again this year the raffle at the bazaar is on for an assortment of wonderful donated items by the consignors and local towns folk. We’ll raffle a beautiful twin-size double fleece blanket for those cold Montana winter nights or football games. Put that Snuggly away, this is the real thing.

Many local organizations are helping and contributing to the bazaar. Some of these are the Hilger 4-H Club, the Hilger Woman’s Club, the Hilger Fire Department, family reunions, baby showers, wedding showers, pot luck dinners, and camp-ins (no joke – why be out in the rain and snow if you can camp in?) That’s just to mention a few. The School House was sold to a local nonprofit group 27 years ago to be used as a community hall and functions as one daily since.

The really big community service project of the Hilger Community Corp. was happening in the summer and fall of 2016, and that is the hanging of more blue tin on the front entryway. The Hilger Community Corp is in charge of the maintenance and care of the former Hilger School (Community Hall). To pay for that massive project; the Corp had raffles, a baked auction and the wonderful garage sale. Much appreciation to all of those businesses and folks that worked so hard to make our portico and tin hanging project possible – especially the donation of the “Genie” by Lewistown Rental. We appreciate Crystal Schultz, Alice Green, Pam Roberts; Rick, Nona, Linda, and Frank Knerr for all of the work they have done.

If you have any questions about the bazaar, the raffle, or maybe you would like to be one of our consignors, call Shelly Van Haur at 350-1022, or Linda Knerr at 350-2516.

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