The Mountain Folk Festival held at Tan Oak Park on August 24 made $8,250 for the Leggett Valley Volunteer Fire Department. That was an awesome amount of money for a one-day event in a tiny town. But the most amazing part is that it was raised with very little overhead, almost everything was donated and all of the work was done by volunteers.
The food made almost $1,000. Jackee and Jeff set up the booth, cooked and served the delicious food all day. Jackee made the best beans I have ever tasted. JoAnn, Bonnie and Ruby worked the booth and the salads were all made and donated by the community.
The bake sale that was organized by Abby and run by Stephanie, Peggy and Sonnie made over $600. Amazing. The goodies were made by our local bakers.
The guys (and some of the girls) love the axe throw that Gilbert runs every year. He provides the equipment including axe heads he inherited from some Leggett old timers. The axe throw made $385.
Kenny and Leslie ran the chicken plop and even brought the chicken. The chicken pooped and made $260 for the fire department.
The quilt raffle made over $2,200 after expenses. Debbie (The Fat Quail in Laytonville) made the quilt with her assistant Alice, and Jackee donated the t-shirts. The beer and vintage t-shirt booths run by our fire department made over $1,000. Lagunitas Brewing donated the beer again this year.
Half the cost of the posters was donated by Printing Plus in Willits.
The auction run by Jim, Alice, Amber and Windy made $2,400. All of the items auctioned were donated by local merchants.
Thank you to Confusion Hill, Rangjung Yeshe, Kelly’s Automotive, Sylvandale Gardens, Roberto’s T’s, Laytonville Feed, The Peg House, Humboldt Hunnies, Long Valley Lumber, Drive-Thru Tree, Laytonville Auto Parts, Windy, Napa Auto Parts, Weathertop, Cheryl Evans, Roasted in Humboldt, Graviers’, Northwest Traders, Standish-Hickey State Park, Herb Roth, Redway Feed, Laytonville Gas, Ray’s Food Place, Julie, Redwood River Retreat, Redway True Value Hardware, Beth Brenneman, Criss’ Flowers & Gifts, Greenwired, Alice and Amber, Big Bend Lodge, Hollow Bones, Redwood Mercantile, Jackee, Non Violent, Blue Moon Gift Shop, Geiger’s, Branscomb Pharmacy, Patriot Gas, Boomers, The Benbow Inn, and Wyckoff Plumbing.
Jade made $50 with her face painting. Della, Joanna and Amanda worked all day keeping the children entertained at their kid booth.
Dorgie donated the use of the tents that covered the stage.
We also received cash donations from members of the community that wanted to let the fire department know how much they appreciate all that they do.
The music was organized by Mickey who spent weeks contacting musicians and arranging the schedule. Kevin and Rockstar Ray worked nonstop back stage and kept things running smoothly. Dennis was once again our wonderful emcee.
Special thanks needs to go to Robin for the lights and Neil for the great job on sound. All of the musicians volunteered their time and provided the incredible entertainment all day and night.
Heartfelt thanks to the following bands and musicians: Dennis Chrisp, Natasha Marks, Bonfire Blues, Rockstar Ray + 1, Marcos Mind, Sign 1 Nine, Black Iris, Seed 707 and Open Door Policy.
The money raised at the Mountain Folk Festival supports our volunteer fire department in Leggett and they are the biggest volunteers of all. They want to thank everyone who donated and volunteered their time to make this such a successful event.