"The showcase gives small and home-based businesses an opportunity to bring products in and select a booth or case to display their products and information about their business or business cards," said Kathy White, museum director. "Museum visitors can purchase products during the showcase. We handle the transactions here at the museum."
The idea for the holiday exhibit originated several years ago when the museum staff was working to fill the facility with Christmas exhibits. Staff members began to brainstorm ideas that would give local businesses an incentive to participate in the showcase.
The next year, numerous local businesses took part in the Christmas Showcase and the annual exhibit has been very successful each year since the first. This year's showcase offers nearly 20 displays.
Although the majority of the museum's space is currently being used by showcase participants, a pair of flat display panels are still available to local small businesses and collectors interested in participating in this year's holiday exhibit.
In addition to products, the Christmas Showcase features a variety of ornament and holiday décor collections including ornaments and other holiday items loaned by Darrell Ledenham and Roger and Joyce Cusick.
The 2012 Christmas Showcase will be on display through the end of the year. The museum's regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the facility will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 and re-open on Wednesday, Dec. 26 in honor of the Christmas holiday.
The museum staff is already accepting information from businesses and community members interested in participating in the holiday showcase in 2013. Those added to the list of possible participants will receive a letter of invitation to the Christmas Showcase during September or October of next year.
All local small and home-based businesses and community members who own holiday collections are invited to share their products and collections with the Barry County community through next year's holiday exhibit at the Barry County Museum, which is located on Highway 112 south of Cassville.
For more information, call the museum at 847-1640.