Non-profits see good turnout

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TROY — Local nonprofit organizations always play a large part in the success of the Troy Strawberry Festival, and this year is no different.

In turn for providing festival-goers with common festival staples — drinks and desserts galore — the money raised through the sales help area nonprofit organizations provide services to the community.

One vendor sold meals with a variety of options for festival-goers. According to vendor Shane Lowery, festival-goers can choose from a mix of fajitas, salads, crab cakes or kebab.

“It’s about offering them a lot so they can diversify their items,” he said.

The sales go to support the Lincoln Community Center and will be going on all weekend.

Troy Church of the Nazarene sold waters and soft drinks to festival-goers for the second year. Worship Arts Pastor Ethan Tapscott said that the church changed their service schedule slightly.

“Previously they had done a few years on the levee, so for the full weekend before I came on staff,” he said. “They’ve kinda taken a break from that for the two years I’ve been on staff we’ve just been doing the Friday night.”

There was a screen up in TCN’s tent, which Tapscott said gave general information about things going on at the church and most of the funds raised are going towards outreach ministries.

“We raise funds through events such as this one, where we just get our name in the community to let people know we are here,” he said. “In March we rented out the Hobart Arena for two hours and allowed anyone to come for free and escape with their families. In July we’re going to be doing an all-community church picnic, where we’re going to rent a shelter here at community parks and invite anyone to come out. We’ll give them free food and a time for us to get out there and say hey.”

Additionally, he shared there will be the annual fall festival at the church, with bounce houses, a petting zoo and food vendors.

Nanette’s Specialty Food and Baked Goods was present for the kickoff, selling wraps, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and offering several types of desserts.

“We’ve had a lot of people and we’ve sold out of a lot of things,” owner Nanette Hagan said. “We’re only here for opening night and we’ve sold out of BBQ pulled pork sandwiches.”

Hagan was selling to benefit Big Brother Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley. According to BGBS Miami County Outreach Specialist Beth Shrake, this was the organization’s first year partnering with Nanette’s.

“We don’t have a very big staff, so it’s great that we have partnered with her,” Shrake said. “She has the know-how for doing the food truck and sales and prep and all that. We offered man power but she said she had that under control so we helped with paperwork and putting up some of our signs with information about our programs.”