TOWNSEND -- The annual St. John's Bazaar will be held on the Townsend Common this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will serve as the largest fundraiser of the year for Townsend's St. John the Evangelist Parish.
Monica Kleeman, one of the event's organizers, said the bazaar is intended to be a family affair.
"Our intent is that the whole family can come down and every person in the family can have something that interests them," Kleeman said.
The money raised will come from activities such as raffles, food sales, crafters who pay to rent a table, and a flat fee to pay children's games, Kleeman said.
She said that in past years there has been a steady stream of people coming by throughout the day. She expects that to be true again this year.
Donna Miller, who also organized the bazaar, said, "It's a fun day on the Common and a big moneymaker for the year. We have games for the kids, a basket raffle, music all day. It's always a lot of fun for the family," Miller said.
Weather permitting, a mass will be held on the Common at 5 p.m. The rain date for the bazaar is Sunday, Sept. 8, at noon.
The music, which was organized by Silver Wolf Entertainment, will run all day and will feature many local bands. Headlining will be New England-based band "The Boys of Rockingham".
A country cover band based in Londonderry, N.H., the band has grown in popularity recently, according to Silver Wolf co-founder Tubby Boucher.
Dan Leblanc, one of the band's two lead singers and guitarists, said listeners can expect to hear an energetic, new country style.
"We're excited because we like to do community events like this for a good cause," Leblanc said.
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