ENNIS - St. John Catholic Church is well on its way in plans and preparations for its 2007 bazaar set for the weekend of Sept. 15-16.

The school, parish and many segments of the community have come together to emphasize solidarity of heart and to exercise the use of talents to create a weekend of family fun, organizers said, noting the annual multi-cultural, family-oriented event will be held on the KJT grounds, located on South Paris Street.

The bazaar will include children’s rides, prize game booths, food items including Czech and Mexican specialties, sweets and treats, live and silent auctions, many raffle items and a Sunday barbecue dinner, along with more prizes and surprises for bingo.

“We expect this year’s bazaar to be another big hit,” bazaar committee chairman Larry Deagen said. “There are additional inventive ideas which have come out of committee planning once again, and this year our battery is charged with exciting new ideas. Our goal is to have more people involved in the planning and preparations of the bazaar and to provide greater variety of entertainment for all age groups.”

The annual bazaar super raffle prizes have been selected and ticket sales have already begun. This year’s prizes include a Honda 4-wheeler; a John Deere X-324 riding lawn mower; an EZ-GO golf cart and a 2007 Cub Cadet zero-turn mower. Tickets will go on sale at various business locations from now until the bazaar.

Sponsors for the super raffle include platinum sponsors Just Win and the Corea Firm PLLC trial lawyers; gold sponsors Ennis Ford Mercury and Globe Products Co. Inc.; and silver sponsors Ennis State Bank and Action Powersports.

The general raffle, which also benefits St. John Church and School includes a $1,000 Toshiba laptop computer and case; $500 Sony camcorder and accessories; $500 Wal-Mart gift card; a $300 Garmin GPS; $300 Phillips 19” LCD HDTV; $300 Samsung all-in-one home cinema; $300 Gander Mountain gift card; $250 iPod; $150 Home Depot gift Card; another $150 Home Depot gift card; $100 Wal-Mart gift card; $100 savings bond; and a digital camera. Individual ticket sales will continue up until the bazaar. Additional bazaar raffle tickets will be on sale at the Sunday dinner at the KJT Auditorium.

Donations for the general raffle were provided by (in alphabetical order) an anonymous donation; Rick Cepak Financial Services; Bill and Elaine Hilliard; Jurik’s Used Cars; KJT Auditorium; Knights of Columbus; Bill and Marcie Krieger; John and Ann Marek; David and Vanessa Perdue; Prosperity Bank; Joe and Carolyn Schlebach; John Trojacek Photography; Don and Nancy Weldon; Wester Insurance Agency; and Witherspoon, Yeldell and Wilson.

Bazaar committee members include Deagen, Father Edison Vela, William Becker, Sergio Diaz, Kay Hibbs, Maggie Holy, Carol Honza, Dolores McKibbin, Tony Medina, Jeanette Murphy, Cheryl O’Brien, John Payne, Linda Robledo, Keith Sibley and Barbara Sims.

“Numerous other subcommittee members and community workers make up the bazaar support team, which provides the nucleus for a successful bazaar event in Ennis, and we all work as a team to make things work smoothly,” Deagen said. “The bazaar committee has also combined our efforts with members of the St. John School advisory board, Adam Gamble, board president, and Kenny Smith, committee member, in a united effort to continue to strengthen plans for the bazaar, and we have accomplished a great deal through this association.”

Raffle tickets are being sold at various business locations around Ennis between now and at the bazaar and may also be purchased at the St. John business center office located next to the church, at 401 E. Lampasas St.

For further ticket or bazaar information, call Julie Houston at (972) 875-2834.