This is only the second year for the festival. Last year, NHS Adviser Brad Hoggatt used it as a chance for students to raise money for a learning trip to New York City. Since a trip wasn’t in the works for this year, his NHS students decided to take over the reigns and use it as a dual fundraising opportunity- for the organization and for The Randolph County Promise. The Randolph County Promise is a program that helps families start CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings accounts through their schools, seeding the accounts with an initial investment from a local or regional sponsor, and rallying the community to match deposits that families and champions contribute to the account. Senior member and event chairperson, Sydney Ralston, states, “We sold booth space for $15 this year. Half of the money will go back to the NHS for their service projects while the rest will go to the Promise Program.” At this time, over $200 will be donated by the NHS for this great cause.
Participating businesses and organizations include PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), The Corner Cupboard, Team Image Apparel (a NEW UC spirit shirt will be available for ordering with $5 of each shirt purchased going back to The RC Promise), Posh!, LipSense by Senegence, doTerra International, Color Street Nails, Lula Roe, thirty-one, Pampered Chef, and the Randolph County 4-H Club. Linda Puccini will be there, hosting a raffle to benefit the Tony Puccini Memorial Scholarship Fund, as well.
Kim Knox will be present with her beautiful hand-made jewelry, Seth Fowler with his woodworking, and Jamie Matchett and The Artisan Loop merchants with their products. Delicious baked goods ranging from homemade pies to dumplings, from cookies to cakes, will be available for purchase from various groups and individuals. Visitors will also be able to dine in or carry-out yummy lunch items provided by Joe Wyant and his family (smoked pulled pork) and Laura Elliott and the Costa Rica Service Learning Trip participants (hot chicken salad sandwiches).
Crafters and sellers will be present, too. From wooden signs to hand-painted art; from embroidery to decorative wreaths and holiday decorations; from Christmas ornaments to garden art, and so much more, this will be an event one won’t want to miss. “This is a win-win-WIN situation”, says Hoggatt. “The community gets a chance to shop local and support their friends and families. The vendors are able to share their talents with those who may not know of them. And the students in our county win because of the donations being made to this awesome cause!”