All of the Madness!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Here in Asheville, North Carolina, we annually have the largest street festival in the south east called Bele Chere. It is a huge deal that blocks off most of the downtown streets to cars and only allows pedestrians. There are bands that play throughout the weekend on two stages and tons and tons of vendors from arts and crafts to every kind of food on the planet. That was this weekend.
I am the volunteer coordinator for the local, non-profit division of the Sierra Club called Inner City Outings. We take low income youth on various outdoor trips through other youth organizations (think YWCA and Boys and Girls Clubs). The trips can range from caving to white water rafting (our March and April trips) to horseback riding or just good ol' hiking.
These two worlds collided this weekend because Bele Chere offers the chance to man all of its beverage stations to local non-profit organizations. That's right, I was out on the street slinging Budwiser (and Bud Light!) to festival goers. I have to say, I was concerned about it, but to be honest, it was tons of fun! We were situated right by, and I mean right by the kareoke tent. It was both a blessing and a curse as you can imagine! I'm glad we had the music (most of the time) because we made the best of it and danced and sang along! We were raking in the tips which is amazing because we get to keep all of that money for the trips! I'm super excited to find out how much the night shift made tonight because this afternoon the girls were killing it! Here are a few photos.

One of our volunteers, Robin and our beer booth.

Our Asheville ICO Chair's daughter, Lydia.

Me and my tip earning red lipstick = ) (That's a Thimble Kiss flower I'm wearing in my hair!)


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