Annual bazaar 'a great success'

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway recently celebrated a special event rich in tradition in the 501 – the 100th St. Joseph Bazaar.

The event featured a variety of activities including a midway with games for children as well as adults, an all-you-can-eat family-style spaghetti dinner, a raffle and silent and live auctions.

The first bazaar took place in 1912 when the School Sisters of Notre Dame sold needlework to the parishioners to purchase school supplies for the St. Joseph Grade School.

Organizers are describing the 100th St. Joseph School Bazaar a great success.

“Our hearts are truly humbled by the way our school, parish and community have continued to work together in support of Catholic education for the past 100 years,” said Nicole Rappold, development director at St. Joseph Catholic School. “As a school, we express our gratitude to the many volunteers and supporters of this year’s bazaar.”

St. Joseph High School Principal Joe Mallett also noted the community’s generous spirit.

“One hundred years of truly integrating faith, learning and living!” he said. “The generous spirit of our community continues to shine through. Once again we say a very sincere and humble ‘thank you’ to all who helped the St. Joseph School Bazaar in any way. 

“Conway and Faulkner County have always been great supporters of St. Joseph. We are lucky to have such wonderful friends and neighbors and we appreciate you so much. We look forward to the next 100 years!”

Major prize winners:

  • Grand prize – 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – JoAnn Davis of Wooster.

  • Second prize – $500 gift certificate to Polaris of Conway – Jane Hawk of Conway.

  • Third prize – iPad – Charles Paschal of Conway

Other raffle winners:

  • Ronnie Spirr – handmade canoe.

  • Marissa Nabholz – Steve Griffith painting.

  • Brad Hegeman – $500 cash (donated toward the bus fund).

  • Abby Flake – iPod Touch.

  • Matt Mallett – $250 book bill credit

  • Dora Lee Chandler – $2,500 tuition credit

Proceeds benefit St. Joseph School. For more information, visit