Ramstein hosts 58th annual bazaar

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex
  • 86th Airlift Wing

The 58th Annual Ramstein Bazaar is underway and will run from Sept. 15-18, 2022, in Hangar 1 and 2, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The four-day annual event is hosted by the 86th Force Support Squadron and the Ramstein Officers’ Spouses’ Club and includes more than 120 vendors from throughout Europe.

"Major events like the Ramstein Bazaar require thousands of volunteer hours to pull-off, but every second spent on this endeavor brings our entire Kaiserslautern Military Community together,” said Col. Denny Davies, 86 Airlift Wing vice commander. “For 58 years, the Ramstein Bazaar has supported hundreds of thousands of Airmen and families who called Ramstein home, and we look forward to continuing that legacy this week."

The Bazaar began in 1964 has grown into not only Ramstein's favorite annual event, but also the world's largest DOD bazaar, said Karyn Lasch, 2022 Ramstein Bazaar chair.

“One hundred percent of net proceeds from the bazaar go back into the KMC,'' she said. “Being part of this tradition that gives back in a big way to our community is very fulfilling and the reason why so many of our volunteers step up to put on this event each year.”

While the event serves the KMC in a variety of ways, the event would not be nearly as successful without the team who put it together and the volunteers who supported it.

“People may not realize that as soon as the bazaar ends, we start planning for the next bazaar,” Lasch said. “It takes thousands of volunteer hours before the bazaar opens, and during the week of the bazaar volunteers help fill hundreds of shifts.”

The event is open to everyone who has base access, but only Department of Defense and NATO ID card holders may make purchases.

To learn more about the Ramstein Bazaar visit www.ramsteinbazaar.org.