Successful 2018 Fair Days

Many parishioners, visitors to the fair, and those directly involved thought the 2018 edition of Good Samaritan Fair Days to be quite enjoyable and successful. Weather was great for both days, June 8 and 9. There were many positive comments about the physical layout of the fair this year, with all the food trucks, the eating/fellowship tent, many of the vendors, and the Water Mission display all located in the north parking lot. This venue layout change (recommended by Richard Morgan) seemed to give more of a sense of “community” to the overall atmosphere. Although we did not have live music this year, a great playlist of music (generated by Jonathon Hobbs who also set up the sound system) also added to the community fair atmosphere.

Income was quite good, totaling nearly $17,000. The largest sources of income came from fees from Arts/Crafts vendors at $5,540, sponsorships totaling $4,220, and donations from parking providing $3,018. The Thrift Shop was open and had an outdoor sale and these contributed $1,838. Four food trucks – contributing a percentage of their gross sales – brought in $1,150, and the always-popular Bake Sale generated $1,019. Additionally, the Information Booth’s sale of Good Sam baseball hats generated $180, and donations at the Kids Games on Saturday added $173. Total income and net proceeds from the fair to Missions are about identical to those numbers from last year .

After expenses, our net result was about $14,000. Expenses were down this year, partly due to the fact we did not have any Friday evening featured entertainer or the many bands and other groups that provided entertainment the last few years. Major items on the expense side of the ledger this year included: $700 for the one-day rental of a “Bouncing House and Bouncing Slide” for Kids Games, rental of a large trash collection unit cost $500. Various permits required $200, a couple vendors who because of emergencies couldn’t make it resulted in our refund of $110, and another $125 went to individual reimbursements for various supplies.

Four Food Trucks provided a nice variety to satisfy almost any craving: A newcomer to the fair, Haute Wheels (a truck owned and managed by Adam Kunz) featured crepes, salads, and unique sandwiches; another first-time truck Big Boize BBQ served a number of barbeque dishes; the returning Sabatino’s offered an array of items such as pizza and hamburgers; and the always-popular Petrucci’s Ice Cream provided dessert. As indicated by its income generation, the Bake Sale was another popular food venue well-supplied by many of our church community.

All of the net proceeds from the fair go to the supported ministries of the church, this year, as in the past three years, targeting the Good Sam Food Closet and Water Mission. The (approximately) $14,000 will be divided equally and directed to those two supported ministries. In addition, Water Mission received an additional $144 from donations directly at their display.

With any undertaking of a venture such as Fair Days, planning and actual operation would not be possible without the generous volunteering of many Good Samaritans and friends. All the volunteers, such as those who took shifts with parking, assisting with general and vendor hospitality, working the bake sale and Thrift Shop, and serving as Prayer Ministers are too numerous to name, but all deserve a very big “THANK YOU!” Thanks for not only their work and commitment, but also for putting warm and hospitable faces on Good Samaritan.

Leadership in planning, supervising, and carrying out things is a critical component. Special thanks for their leadership and take-charge enthusiasm: Mary and Phillip Kishoiyian and Rose and Keith Dodd for assuming the overall responsibilities for both days of the fair. Rusty Smith for again providing a working display of Water Mission’s water purifying system and organizing a simulated “walk for water” and information session. Ian MacDonald and Andrew Campbell for stepping up to take charge of parking on Friday and Saturday, respectively; Dwight Wilson for instructions to the parking leaders, and as always our local Scouts and their troop leaders for the indispensable work on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Jonathon Hobbs for his help with music; and Cheryl and Chad Hutchinson for all their work in finding and contracting the food trucks. Sandi Henzie for her leadership with vendor hospitality; and George Scheffey for covering many areas when, for various reasons someone who had volunteered was unable to serve. As always, kudos to Juliet Cooke for her hard work with the bake sale, as well as all those who served with her and supplied baked goods. Angela Linden and  Joan Evans for their work in collecting all the monies during both days, periodically counting, and finally providing tallies of the totals in all the income categories listed. Reuben Garrett for his work representing the Food Closet to provide publicity and distribution of signs and information to stimulate visitor interest in the work of our Food Closet.

Continued Thanks to Jeanne Lomanno for her overall coordination of the fair’s components, her work with vendors, and  coordination of the staff members who provided leadership including: Barb Horhost (Communication and Publicity), Tracy Defina and Barb Condit (Kids Games), and Susan Stark (Prayer Ministry team). Thanks, too, to Cathy Puleo and the many Thrift Closet volunteers for their two-day work to manage that significant fund-raising venue for the fair. And, finally a major thank-you to Tad Turski and his whole crew, who worked prior to the fair getting all set up, took care of all types of last-minute tasks during the duration of the fair, and led the clean-up team on Saturday night so the whole campus would be ready for Sunday services. In addition to all the maintenance crew's work, using their golf cart, they provided a valuable service by helping buyers haul large purchases from a vendor’s site to the buyer’s vehicle.

And the Fair would not have had it’s critical component of arts and crafts for sale if it weren’t for the over 100 vendors who came, set up their tents and booths for the two days, many returning vendors with decades of history with our fair. This year, we had a full house for vendors, selling all available spaces, and having to deny some vendors who at the last minute wanted a space.

A committee representing the Vestry, headed by Andy Balsan and Alex Burns, are currently assessing Fair Days to recommend whether Fair Days is something that has been good but has outlived its importance, should be retained as a major church event much as it now is, or should continue but with major modifications. If anyone has thoughts about the future of Fair Days, please contact the vestry with your thoughts.