Local businesses are stepping up to help nonprofits in the absence of peanut festival
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -
“You’ve only got one time around this globe, hopefully you’ll do something good with it,” says Folklore Brewing owner Jeremy Pate.
The rides might be the first element of the national peanut festival that catches the eye, but for band booster clubs, civic groups and nonprofits, the weeklong festival is a chance to raise funds for the entire year.
With news of the festival being canceled, local businesses went to the drawing to find a way to support these groups.
“That was heartbreaking for us as a business. That was heartbreaking for us as a community. Everybody relies on that big event for a lot of things,” says Eagle Eye Outfitters team member Justin Motley.
On November 7th Folklore Brewing is offering its five acres of outdoor space to nonprofits to set up self-contained stations to sell what they usually would at the festival.
“We’re not so ambitious that we think we can replace that. Hopefully, it will be a day that people can come. They can generate some revenue,” says Pate.
They estimate that their property has room for about a dozen groups to set up and plan to implement a drive-thru procedure.
Across town, Eagle Eye Outfitters is lending its parking lot space to some fan-favorite festival food vendors for a mini food fair every Friday and Saturday morning in October and the first weekend of November.
Along with hoping the event means a saving grace for the vendors’ revenue, it also a chance to uplift the community.
“Right now, a lot of folks they are down in the dumps. I hate to put it like that but a lot of people are stressed a lot of people are nervous and this was just one more kind of hit for the community so hopefully this can kind of raise some people up,” says Motley.
The public is encouraged to practice social distancing at both events.
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