By: James Pruitt
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
Shoppers flocked to downtown Bryan for two opportunities to purchase autumn and country-themed art and crafts Sept. 24
The Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Fall Fest at the Courthouse Square, while the Newlyn Quest Club hosted the 39th Annual Barn Fest at the MacDonald-Ruff Ice Rink. Both sites were popular destinations, albeit the ice rink had a larger crowd.
Barn Fest is an annual fundraiser sponsored by Newlyn Quest Club. Its mission is to provide charitable contributions to local organizations in need.
Member Tasha Muehlfeld said the organization has donated nearly $300,000 over the 39 years. Last year the 28-member club donated $12,000 from proceeds from the event.
“It’s women giving back to the community,” Muehlfeld said. “We fund women in need, scholarships and Scouts.”
Shoppers paid a $2 admission fee to browse the arena filled with 60 vendors, with club members selling soup, cookies and kettle corn. Club members dressed in old-time country garb to add to the ambience.
Entertainment was provided by the High Country Grass Band.
Downtown the offering included wares from local merchants, a new model car show and many other offerings.
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