Hermiston Bazaar draws hundreds while featuring over 80 vendors

HERMISTON, Oreg. — Hundreds attended the Spring Bazaar Festival in Hermiston on Saturday to support local businesses while spending some time outdoors in the sunshine.

The event was held at the Hermiston Community Center and featured over 80 vendors from Oregon and Washington.

Kathy Baker, the owner of Fun Fashions Boutique, said when she arrived at 6:30 a.m. to set up, the excitement in the air was already palpable.

“It’s so much fun to be able to get out and do things now,” Baker said. “I’ve missed it so bad and it’s so hot outside but that’s okay!”

Baker said that because the past year has been tough financially for so many small businesses, it’s “incredibly important” to come out and show support.

“The small businesses have suffered a bit and local is everything to me,” Baker said. “This event is so much fun and we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have support.”

Shannon Gallagher, the owner of Shannon’s Amazballs, agreed, adding that she was excited to see the number of people who showed up despite the heat.

“As a small business owner, we’ve got so many people out here supporting us which is just really great because when you’re small, you don’t have a big name to sit under,” Gallagher said. “To have people come out and support you just because you’re a local owner is really awesome.”

Brandon Artz, the recreation manager for the Hermiston Parks and Recreation, said seeing everyone come out was “amazing.”

“We wanted people to come out and actually buy from and support these people,” Artz said. “To see people come out and support local business, local vendors, buying up the crafts and things like that is so cool.”

This Springtime event is renowned as the largest local vendor bazaar in Eastern Oregon and is being sponsored by Papa Murphy’s Pizza.

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