Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Alabama Butterbean Festival

Saturday Philip and I left Alabaster at 4 am to make our 5 am check-in time at the Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson. We stopped at WalMart for the cheapest source of shade and cruised by the office for the Scrollworks banner.

The pre-dawn hours saw us trying to figure out how to drive stakes in asphalt. We ended up using various parts of the Scrollworks drum set to weigh down the canopy ties. The expert festival vendors on either side were kind but skeptical as they smoothly erected booths in five minutes flat.

We LOVED the festival. There was a huge crowd. We ran out of brochures and fliers for Barrage. People were interested and the children loved Philip's decorated instruments.

Board member Craig Hultgren brought his grandnieces and helped Philip man the booth while I ran back to help Nick open Cave9. We greatly appreciate his time and hope the girls enjoyed the spectacle.

We got to see celebrities Bucky Butterbean and Cornelia Cornbread and taste delicious fudge by parent/Scrollworks teacher/ABBF organizer, Deborah Helms (Klinton's mom). We sure appreciate her help securing a booth! And we got an invitation to play at the Covered Bridge Festival this fall in Oneonta.

When I returned to help Philip pack up, I was surprised to find him really enthusiastic about the festival and the impression MYO & Scrollworks had made on the crowd. Must've been good to get more than a shrug from a modern 19 year-old!

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