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November brings bazaar season in Eagle and Gypsum

As soon as the jack o' lanterns disappear from downvalley porches, locals gear up for Christmas as the big trifecta of holiday craft fairs hit during November.

The first of the big three events happened last weekend at Gypsum Creek Middle School's Holiday Market and Craft Fair. But for anyone who missed that Nov. 4 event, there are still two opportunities to shop for some unique gift options at the Eagle United Methodist Women's Chicken Noodle Soup Bazaar and the Eagle Winter Market and Holiday Fair.

The action is spread out over three consecutive weekends this year, so shopping opportunities abound through November.

About that soup

The United Methodist Women's Chicken Noodle Soup and Bazaar is the venerated option of the downvalley Christmas fair season. And yes, the soup is world famous.

The 2017 event is planned Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion, and admission is free.

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Barbara Meese, one of the organizers for the event, noted that no one is exactly sure when the bazaar began, but it has been happening for decades.

"We have been cooking chickens and making noodles for days now and the vendor booths have been sold out since late September," Meese said. "We should have the most vendors we have ever had. If the weather is good, we will even have some booths set up outside."

Shoppers will find jewelry, home items, candles, antiques, collectibles, western wear, children's clothing, specialty foods and baked goods. A chicken soup meal, as advertised in the event name, costs $10 and includes the homemade soup, a slice of homemade pie and a drink for $10.

Locals rave about the soup, and Meese said along with eggs, flour and chicken there is a special ingredient.

"I think it's just the love from our hearts when we are kneading the dough and spreading out the noodles to dry. We just love them to death," Meese said.

Winter Market and Holiday Fair

The grand-daddy of local holiday shopping events is the Winter Market and Holiday Fair held at the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

With the large venue, this fair is the biggest of the downvalley bazaars. This year's fair is planned for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Along with a rich array of vendor booths, participants can line up for family and pet photos with Santa, check out the Elfie Selfie station, color holiday pages in the coloring zone, get faces painted and even enjoy a holiday beer or wine on site.

In the spirit of the holidays, attendees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item for the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry.

For more information about the event, visit eagleholidaymarket.com.