Dunlap Days makes over $10K

Adam Larck
Jammsammich performs at Dunlap Days.

Two clear days have resulted in profit for the 2011 Dunlap Days.

Organizer Colleen Slane said at a reflective meeting on Aug. 31 that the event made $10,405, with $1,000 going to the bags payout.

“I thought that Dunlap Days went very well,” Slane said. “Not only did this event bring the community together, local businesses benefitted as well.”

Friday night’s performance by JammSammich helped bring in $4,010 in beer tent sales, while Saturday’s sales totaled $2,600.

Other revenue came in the forms of vendors ($575), the bags tournament ($1,880), sponsors ($1,250) and a 50/50 raffle ($90).

Over $1,000 was also donated to various causes. Both the St. Jude Riders and St. Jude Runners will get $400 from Mickie’s and beer tent profits. Beer tips were also collected on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s $116 went to the Bone Marrow Registry, while $88.50 from Saturday’s tips went to PAWS.

In other meeting news, the committee:

• Announced the amount of participation for the blood drive and bone marrow drive.

The blood drive saw 15 donors donate blood, which equals 45 lives saved.

Meanwhile, the bone marrow drive on Friday had eight donors, but five were turned away due to age or health issues.

• Announced the dates of next year’s Dunlap Days.

The event is planned for Aug. 24-25, 2012.

Slane said that JammSammich is slated to be back again to perform on Aug. 24. She expects a bigger crowd, due to a home football game that weekend.

Also expected back next year is both the tractor pull and carnival.

The committee discussed having the carnival come back next year.

“The focus for next year’s event is to bring a full-scale carnival to Dunlap,” Slane said. “We need to make sure there is enough power and space to accommodate the many rides, games and food trailers.”

• Discussed what worked and did not work during the event.

Many of the comments came from vendors, who wanted to be allowed to set up earlier and open Saturday morning during the pancake breakfast.

The vendors also reported that many of them did well selling Saturday.

Other comments included possibly serving pork chops next year and blocking off the area behind the entertainment tent due to electronics.

“I can’t thank my committee and crew enough for all their had work and dedication to making this event a success,” Slane said.