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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New Events

Next Wed, April 16th come and see the new storytelling session and get your face painted at the Ohatchee public library at 2:00. Kristin will be telling stories about Beasts and Bugs and painting some special volunteers as she tells her stories. It is a lot of fun to see the paintings come to life with the story characters and she goes through the various adventures of some fairy tale and folk tale people.

Some tentative events include Adoption Day, Saturday, April 12 at Petco in Gadsden, Alabama. We will offer pay per face paintings ranging from $5-$15 and while you are there, be sure to check out the wide variety of pet adoption agencies and shelters. If you are interested in adopting a new pet for your family, this is the day to look around and talk to someone who can help you find the perfect pet for you.

Keep checking back for the next BIG announcement!!!

Chocolate Festival Recap

Chocolate Festival was good in a wet, sloppy, muddy sort of way. The festival was moved from the Food World parking lot area to the soccer fields next to Rainbow Middle School. Although the rain caused some delays in setting up and getting started, our booth was ready for the crowds when they arrived. As usual I loved the fact that the festival staff continued to check on the vendors to see if they needed anything. They have a great group of people looking out for the vendors that actually make the festival and that is a good lesson for a lot of festivals I go to.

I don't think anyone was really prepared for the mud, though. There were children and adults who looked like they had been dipped in chocolate from slipping in the mud. Honestly it was kind of humerous to look at although not all of them looked very amused. I doubt the school or soccer teams were smiling when the looked over the fields on Monday either.

I could hear the bands play from where I was and they sounded great. We didn't stay to hear Emerson Drive play because it started to sprinkle and rain again. I didn't want the sky to open up on us while we were breaking down the festival set up, so we started putting things away a little early. We weren't the only ones, but we were one of the last ones to break down and leave.

Overall we were pleasantly pleased by the turn out. I was concerned because of the location change and the entry fee (which was new this year), but considering the weather, we did o.k. and there were more people than I thought there would be. I am not sure how the other vendors faired, but the carnival seemed to be busy.

The only complaints I heard from festival goers concerned the lack of Chocolate. I think they must have gotten there late because we ran out of chocolate towards the end. Every vendor had to provide chocolate, but I think people were looking for homemade chocolates to purchase or try. There was a pudding eating contest earlier in the day (it just gives me a tummy ache thinking about that!) and some people were looking for the chocolate milk dunking booth. They could have just rolled in the mud.

I personally like the Chocolate Festival and right now we plan to be a part of the festival until they decide it has run it's course. Everyone loves Chocolate, so I think it is here to stay.

Now on to the next event.....