YARMOUTH, NS – It has been described as the biggest flea market in the tri-counties and this year’s edition will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, where the Hullabaloo – in support of the Yarmouth Regional Hospital – will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Carrying on a tradition that goes back more than a century, the Hullabaloo is an initiative of the Yarmouth hospital’s women’s auxiliary, and a spokesperson for the event said things are progressing nicely towards this year’s big day.
The auxiliary this year is raising money for a urology laser device and the goal is to raise $53,500.
Cheryl Harding, one of the Hullabaloo conveners – along with Marie Atkinson – said support for the event comes from throughout the tri-counties.
“Donations come in all year long to the gift shop and then we bring them up (to a storage room in the hospital) and process them for the Hullabaloo,” Harding said. “I would say we’re very well blessed to have the things that are given to us. There are some specifications. We don’t take big furniture. We don’t have the room for it.”
Those who arrive at the Mariners Centre on Sept. 22 will find a wide assortment of items, including jewelry, books, baked goods, toys and Christmas items.
There will be auctions and food, including an international table.
Interviewed recently, Harding said preparations for the Hullabaloo were going well.
“The last week, running up to the 22nd, will the busiest week because we get set up,” she said.
A lot of work goes into the Hullabaloo each year. Things start to take shape months in advance of the event.
Organizers have been meeting monthly since April, Harding said. Those involved in the event have a chance to discuss things and make suggestions, she said.
“We have like a round table, everybody has a say,” she said.
Meanwhile, another chance for people to support the Hullabaloo is coming up Saturday, Sept. 8, when a bake sale will be held at the Wedgeport fire hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Events such as the bake sale – as well as the Hullabaloo itself two weeks later – are volunteer-driven, as is the Yarmouth hospital’s women’s auxiliary. Harding cites the hospital gift shop as an example of how those in the auxiliary contribute to the organization.
“We have a gift shop all year-round and members volunteer their time,” she said.