Fall Festival Suggestions
The Hampton Festival in 2016 was very nice. Following one of my tricks for getting the most loot at a flower sale run by a flower club or a church, I got up at 6AM on a Saturday morning (I am not lying) to get to the town hall slightly before 8AM so I could get first pickings at the bake sale for the library. This secured a pumpkin pie and an apple strudel for me, both of which were delicious. Having bought those, I went home and immediately had some strudel. Saved the pie for lunch. Found out after the festival that more baked goods came in during the day. Therefore, next year, along with getting up at 6AM, I will have to come back to the bake sale several times during the day. That would also allow me to enjoy the other events that happen at the festival.
Giving the matter of the festival some thought, I hereby make a couple of gentle suggestions. Firstly, if the library really wants to make more money at the festival, why not see if a person can be induced to enter the festival as a sponsor of a contest. This would be a silent auction. A bidder would write down his/her name and phone number along with the amount being bid for the prize. People who bid after the first bid could see on the bid list the amounts other people had bid. A time would be set for the closing of bidding. The highest bidder would get the prize. Anyone could bid more than once. My suggestions for a prize are several. One possibility would be for the baker(s) to provide four specified desserts spread over the year on mutually agreed dates. Another possibility would be to provide a lunch or dinner for a specified number of people. Since so many people have limitations on what they are allowed to eat (for instance the eater is diabetic or has allergies), it would be safest for the cook to specify what type of food was being offered.
Another money-making suggestion for the festival would be a contest, like fairs or schools do. The fair type would be to hit a target with a ball (darts could be dangerous for kids). The prize I haven’t fantasized yet. A slightly racier contest could be two parallel running contests: one for men and one for women. The female footrace winner would get to kiss a young, gorgeous male volunteer Hampton resident. The male footrace winner would get to kiss a young, gorgeous female volunteer Hampton resident. Who would choose the victims being kissed I haven’t worked out yet. But I have figured out how to win this race. The winner won’t be the fastest person at the race, it will be me because I will ask for affirmative action. I would get extra points for being disabled, extra points for being an immigrant (moved from Scotland, CT in May), and extra points for having the best costume. I would wear my sleekest, sexiest outfit. In other words, I would come in disguise.
Angela Hawkins Fichter