Holiday Bazaar helps boost city tax revenue

The 45th annual Holiday Bazaar drew holiday shoppers to Starkville Wednesday and Thursday. The event was held at The Mill for the first time. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

Starkville’s 45th annual Holiday Bazaar took place Wednesday and Thursday at The Mill Conference Center.

The Starkville Main Street Association, a member agency of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, selected over 75 vendors to participate in this year’s event featuring a variety of holidaythemed shopping opportunities, including handmade items, jewelry, clothing, home decor and food.

“We saw a wonderfully successful Holiday Bazaar this year,” GDSP Director of Tourism Jennifer Prather said. “The event’s new location at The Mill attracted many new vendors this year.”

The Holiday Bazaar was held at The Mill for the first time this year.

Prather said The Mill allowed for the Holiday Bazaar to be closer to Mississippi State University and downtown Starkville, as well as offered better parking.

“With The Mill, we couldn’t ask for a better proximity to campus and downtown, and the amenities of the conference center allowed the bazaar to go to the next level,” Prather said.

According to Prather, the vendors in the Holiday Bazaar collected over $91,000 in revenue, and the city collected 7 percent sales tax on that revenue.

Prather said the annual Holiday Bazaar helps boost Starkville’s economy during a slower time of the year since football season in Starkville is now over.

“The goal for us is to drive the economy during a slower time of year,” she said. “An event that raised almost $100,000 in two days is huge.”