Last weekend, Spencer PRIDE partnered with White River Valley PFLAG at the 34th Annual Apple Butter Festival in order to promote our upcoming Out in the Silence event. We passed out almost two hundred flyers advertising the free movie screening and dinner, scheduled to take place on October 10th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Spencer Presbyterian Church Cornerstone Hall.
Unlike the pride events we participated in this summer, the Apple Butter Festival was a two day event. That meant that we had to get lots of volunteers to staff our booth. Thankfully, Spencer PRIDE members stepped up to fill all of our gaps. Their dedication ensured that we spent 21 hours promoting the film, selling water and t-shirts, and collecting sign-ups for our Spencer Pride Quarterly e-Newsletter.
In addition to passing out so many flyers for the OITS event, we sold more shirts at Apple Butter Festival than at both of the other pride events combined. Best of all, our water sales were a huge success and brought in some much-appreciated funds. It helped that we had the best price of ice cold water available at the festival, thanks to some creative investigating by Spencer PRIDE members.
This was our first time participating in the Apple Butter Festival, and Spencer PRIDE was proud to be there to represent the LGBTQI community. A candidate running for state office stopped by and noted that it was the first time he had seen any pride group present at a county festival of any kind. We were honored that he stopped by to spend time with us talking about gay and lesbian issues, and we were even more honored that he noticed the impact that we are having in Owen and the surrounding counties.
We look forward to many more years of participation in the Apple Butter Festival.
And yes, there really was a lot of apple butter available at the Apple Butter Festival. Just in case you were wondering.
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