When GCG volunteer Helene Bowser agreed to design GCG’s Heritage Festival float, I knew we were going to get lucky. Helene is creative, resourceful, and just doesn’t quit. So, when she sent this picture I wasn’t surprised. I was excited. And, also wondered…how many balloons (and hours) does it take to make a giant bunch of grapes?
And, guess what! There are more than just grapes that will be adorning our float - a banana, an apple, and a giant-sized grocery bag! Imagine a grocery bag and balloon-sculpted fruit floating along N. Main Street on a Bellavance truck. Now, imagine a few folks waving from the grocery bag. And, then this…
Yes, a walking strawberry. Thank you City Market for lending us this costume!
And, then this…
A few small walking strawberries plus adult-sized carrots! These are compliments of the creativity and skill of GCG volunteer Katie Lane-Karnas who whipped up a half dozen costumes for our float! And, there will be two surprise vegetables handing out some very special gifts to children along the parade route.
Kids along the parade route will receive coupons for a free veggie sampler and dip redeemable at our vendor booth on Saturday after the parade while supplies last. Thanks to Upper Valley Produce and Cabot Creamery Cooperative for donating fresh Vermont veggies and dip!
Come join us on our floating grocery bag or walk along side of us with your own hand-made sign or hand out coupons. Dress up if you have a food costume or wear famer’s overalls. Bring your family (strollers welcome!).
Let’s show Barre that GCG is not a pipe-dream. It’s a reality in the making. The more people who see the support we have, the more owners we will attract, and the sooner we can open our store.
Stay tuned - pictures of our floating grocery bag to come!