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Report on Arts Festival

The Mercer Arts Council annual Fall Arts Festival concluded around 3:00 pm Sunday under threat of wind and rain. We watched one tent go down, then two, then when the Boy Scouts' tent went down, we all knew it was time to pack it in. The vendors cleared out in a hurry, including us! Our's was the best tent and performed flawlessly! The wind caused further problems by blowing customers hotdogs off the table and sending little chunks of flying debris into everything.

We sold hot dogs, smoked sausage, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, candies, soft drinks and water. The smoked sausages were the favorite.

The Boy Scouts local Troop 127 sold fruit cobblers, chili and water. We cooked up a deal with the Scouts whereby a customer could add a big dose of chili to their hotdog or sausage for $1.00 or you could have a bowl of chili with your hotdog or hamburger. The Scouts were very friendly to us and we enjoyed working with them. They helped us fix our grill and bought from us and we thank them for that.

There were, in my estimation, about 18 vendors total. One vendor sold small painted concrete items and seemed to be very busy both days. You could ride a horse drawn carriage, listen to a live band or a storyteller just to name a few of the available activities.

We took in about $350 over the two days.

A very special thanks to Arizona, who cooked about 13 hours over the two days, and to Lisa, Michelle, Josh and Archie who worked hard to make it happen for the group. I enjoyed working with Arizona and Archie on Day 2, and I thought we made a good team. Thanks guys! 

Also, thanks to Emmanuel for all his help throughout the event.

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