Photo By Andrew Skinner
By Jessica Smith
Shoreline Media Intern
Local vendors who participated in the ROTHBURY Festival report sales were lower this year than last year. Factors such as the weather may have contributed.
Patrice Bobier, local vendor who sold organic greens and foods, said, “Sales were just awful, I did half as much business as last year. People still aren’t used to having a farmer’s market at a festival,” Bobier said. Bobier said she will probably be a vendor in the festival next year. “It’s really fun to see people who’ve eaten sugar snaps,” she said about her organic food customers at the festival.
Local businessman Craig Cihak and his family also had a food stand — Frickin’ Chicken — near the entrance from the camping area into the festival, and family and friends manned the booth.
Students from the Shelby High School Band had the choice to volunteer at the festival at the Ben & Jerry’s stands. This is their second year in volunteering at ROTHBURY. “There were 90 spots to fill,” said Shelby High School Band Director Curt Isakson and 90 people volunteered to man the 12 Ben & Jerry’s stands. Those who volunteered received an all weekend pass to the festival. Isakson explained half of the volunteers were parents, teachers and custodians. Kids had to be 16 or accompanied by their parents. In reference to the theme of ROTHBURY, it was not a requirement for the class to volunteer their time at the festival.
“Last year’s sales were better,” Lisa Payne, Band Boosters president said. The weather had an effect on sales as well. “Friday was kind of cool, so not many people wanted ice cream,” said Payne. When the weather warmed up on the final day of the festival, more ice cream was sold. An estimated total of $2,500 was raised. Will Payne volunteered to work at the festival again next year: “Oh yeah, definitely.”