If the participant brings a pair of gently worn or new pair of shoes, boots, flip flops, sandals, heels or dress shoes any size to registration on the morning of the event, the $5 additional cost will be waived for the 5k. Anyone may donate these shoes to help support the Mechanicsburg cross country team’s shoe drive sponsored by Funds2orgs.com. Questions about the 9th Annual FEARLESS 5k or the shoe drive can be forwarded to Kathy Durham at email@example.com.
There will be a live DJ, food and other vendors, raffle items, bounce house, cotton candy, medals & t-shirts for participants and top male, female and age group awards given.
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Retail Confectioners International’s Annual Convention and Industry Expo Visits West Liberty
Marie’s Candies has been a part of RCI since 1978. This is their third time hosting this event, having last hosted in 2013 and previously in 1999. The purpose of RCI is to connect chocolate and candy makers to help grow their businesses and Marie’s Candies contributes a lot of their success to being a part of the organization.
The tour was an inside look of how Marie’s Candies operates and gave information on everything from their candy making process to packaging and display creation. Everyone in attendance got the chance to sample four of Marie’s Candies items including: Lime Bon-Bons, Irish Potatoes, Chocolate Covered Grapes and Peanut Butter Meltaways.
Emmie King (no relation), a second-generation owner of Nandy’s Candy in Jackson, MS, was one of the confectioners in attendance. She said that one of the highlights of her day happened just before leaving “I was about to go, but stopped to talk with Mr. King, probably my biggest highlight. He carefully answered my questions about his temperature-controlled rooms and invited me to go check theirs out after exposing what makes them work so well. We are currently working on a smaller version at our shop.”
The way candy makers share their secrets with each other on these tours is what makes them so special. There is a sense of community, not competition, and everyone walks away from a convention week having learned something new with a renewed passion for what they do.
Returning this year is the popular “dunk tank,” corn hole tournament, best salsa contest, hot pepper eating contest and suck, chew and blow contest.
The Hoopla Parade featuring the Dayton Antioch Shriners and their miniature vehicles will return and Dwight Paul, parade chairman, welcomes groups, bands, clubs and neighborhoods to participate. If interested, email Paul for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s time to “tweak” your favorite chili recipe and take advantage of the discount offered to early entries.
Entry forms are available online at www.chilicookoffofurbana.com and are discounted until Sept. 10, 2021.
In addition, vendor applications are available online for those wishing to join the fun. Deadline for all applications is Sept. 17 or until spaces are filled. Spaces are limited.
The new owner, Raj Vangaveti, said he plans to be opening “any day now” as St. Paris Shoppers and Grocery. The store will include fresh produce, meats and other traditional fresh grocery items, Vangaveti said.
In addition, a familiar favorite spot, the ice cream parlor, will be open seasonally.
“I came from a small town in India,” Vangaveti said. “Growing up we did not have a grocery store for miles. Many of us did not even have cars to commute and it was extremely difficult to get everyday supplies. Sometimes I had to bike for miles to get a gallon of milk or a packet of bread.
“I have decided and have been looking for the right opportunity to join a small community and help with everyday needs,” he said. “I am incredibly happy to find the right opportunity in St. Paris. I am very eager and excited to be part of this small friendly community.”
Initially the store will provide customers with a fully featured grocery store that will include fresh food like milk, eggs, bread, coffee, hot chocolate, fresh produce, fruits, frozen food, meat, beer and wine. It will also have candy, soda pop, paper towels, bathroom tissues, diapers, pet food, automotive products, tobacco, cigarettes, lottery and other items.
“A unique, upscale, and innovative environment will be provided to the customers with a friendly atmosphere,” Vangaveti said. “Our store will differ from the traditional grocery store because of our added personal touch.
We are planning to add a gas/fueling station in near future. There will be a common sitting area where the customers can get deli meat, pizza and fried food. We will be planning to reopen the ice cream parlor in the summer.”
Vangaveti said he believes that the responsibility for customer satisfaction is not focused solely on the sale of a product, but rather is the total relationship a customer experiences when interacting with the organization. “We believe in honesty and truth in all transactions and in providing products of the highest quality and at fair prices. We should do everything possible to provide outstanding service in marketing the products we sell.”
Vangaveti said concern for people gives the store the drive to be a good corporate citizen.
“We believe we have a responsibility to be a good neighbor in maintaining our property in first-class condition and by making the appearance of our store, facilities, equipment, and grounds as attractive as possible, making them an asset to the communities that support our store.”
The campaign includes an intense training session for all employees, and a firm understanding and commitment to deliver these pledge points, he said.
Hours of operation for the store will be 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Checks and all major credit cards will be accepted. “Food stamp policy along with other policies will be in place once we open the store,” Vangaveti said.