Words from the Chamber - John Redding

Words from the Chamber author John Redding

Except for some clean-up, collections and accounting, the 2021 Historical Appomattox Railroad Festival is over and, at least from my point of view, can be declared a roaring success. Attendance was brisk and everywhere that I looked, attendees were having a good time. I am certain that my dear friend, Dr. Paul Harvey, to whom the festival was dedicated, would have been (or is) well pleased.

I was personally challenged in my management of beverage sales for the two night-time music events as the weather forecast during the week leading up to the event was not very optimistic. Due to a combination of ABC restrictions, beverage distributor procedures and other factors, we need to purchase our stock in advance from retail outlets. Had I stocked for the two nights and the weekend events had been rained out, the chamber would have been stuck with expensive inventory that it could not sell. Fortunately, our stock for Friday was sufficient and personal visits to six different stores on Saturday allowed me to prepare for the second night. We are left with a minimum of excess stock which will be donated to one of the charity golf tournaments coming up. Whew!

The addition of the Loose Shoe Too draft beer sales at both night-time events helped mitigate stocking worries and allowed us to introduce them to the community. They are currently under construction to soon begin full-time operations in the Triangle Shopping Center. The Appomattox store will be their second location as they have operated as Loose Shoe Brewing Company in the Ambriar Shopping Center for some years. 

At the Friday night Beer, Bands and Rides, we were also able to introduce The Cabin to some that were unaware of its existence.The Cabin food trailer offers hibachi plates, sandwiches and other items at its semi-permanent location across from the Triangle Plaza.

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