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Wilson County fce gears up for the holidays

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There's nothing that puts you in the holiday spirit quite like crafts! Wilson County fce is hosting a craft bazaar at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the East/West Education and Turner Evans buildings on Saturday, Nov. 5.

There will be homemade crafts, home goods, one-of-a-kind items, several vendors and so much more! Be sure you stop by before all the goods are gone.

In March of 1913, the first Family and Community Education (fce) club was organized in the Oakland community of Wilson County. Its purpose was to be of help to neighbors in the community and to share and exchange ideas.

Today, the 11 fce clubs of Wilson County still serve the communities in which they are located and continue learning through educational programs. As the family and consumer sciences Extension agent for Wilson County, I am the advisor for these clubs.

Over the years, fce clubs have support 4-H, Books from Birth, Habitat for Humanity, veterans and military kids' programs, the Wilson County Fair, mattress-making, planting of Iris along roadways, learning and teaching heritage skills, gardening and improving home life.

In 2008, I saw a need for local vendors to have a place to sell their items - many one-of-a-kind - and knew that fce needed to raise funds to support local projects. The resulting event, the Wilson County fce Bazaar, is held on the first Saturday in November and is the only fund-raiser held during the year.

This year's chairman, Michelle Chambers, and Wilson County fce President Frances Baker are working hard to ensure everyone has a good time at the event. The organizers invite everyone to come by between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 5. There is no charge to park or to enter the bazaar. To learn more about the bazaar, contact Chambers at (615) 594-5020 or via e-mail at jmc2b@yahoo.com. For more information about Wilson County fce clubs, contact the local UT Extension office at (615) 9584.

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state and provides equal opportunities in all programming and employment. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.

For more information on this or other family and consumer sciences related topics, contact Shelly Barnes, family and consumer sciences Extension agent for UT Extension in Wilson County. Barnes can be reached at sbarnes@utk.edu or (615) 444-9584.

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