Another great time at the Alma Music and Arts Festival. The weather went from questionable in the morning to beautiful by days end. With the help of my daughter, Elle, for the first few hours and my wife Allison the remainder of the afternoon it was both fun and profitable. See you there next year!
What a weekend in Kasson, MN! Great weather once again made for a memorable event. Saturday was an amazing day. Working solo I broke my single day sales record by over $200! The kettle kept popping batch after batch of superb kettle corn. I had the good fortune of seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and spending some time with my youngest sister who lives in Kasson. Another event I look forward to returning to next year when Kasson celebrated it's 150th anniversary.
I took the kettle on a solo run to make kettle corn in the Driftless Area of SW Wisconsin for the 4th of July holiday. What a beautiful day! With the persistent rain wed have had this Spring and Summer it was great to have a couple days of dry and mild weather which culminated on the 4th. I underestimated the citizenry of Ontario, Pop. 500+, and their passion for kettle corn. From Noon until 6 pm it was busy busy! I actually ran out of popcorn before the fireworks which was a real bummer. That and the detour I had to take on the way there, which added about an extra hour to the 2.5 hour trip, where the only downsides to what was a fun day.
The kettle has been on the road to events in Eau Claire and Alma, WI as well as Elk River, MN in the past few weeks. Despite some stormy weather the kettle has been pooping and selling kettle corn to new customers that we've enjoyed meeting. My daughter, Elle, and I make a good team which this this Dada proud. The event in Eau Claire was a youth soccer tournament we were invited to attend. This was the kettles first time at an athletic event. With the great response we had from the families attending the tournament we are excited to return to Eau Claire again next year and hopefully make kettle corn at other soccer tournaments.
I am really pleased to be making kettle corn for the upcoming Garden Fair 2014. This is taking place May 31 from 9:30a - 3:30 p at the Rochester, MN History Center. Admission is free if you bring a non-perishable food item, paper supplies or cleaning product.
Time for me to come out of hibernation and make some kettle corn this weekend. On the event calendar for the Kettle Corn House is a return visit to the Driftless Area of SW Wisconsin. The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is a unique destination created through the collaborative efforts of the State of Wisconsin and the Ho Chunk Nation. The annual KVR Winter Festival is located near La Farge, WI - home of Organic Valley, the largest organic farming cooperative in the U.S.A.
The festival is Saturday, January 12th. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4:30 pm. Click on the Winter Festival logo below to see the calendar of events and activities planned for the day. Dog sledding, archery, xc-skiing, skating, sledding, chilli cook-off, silent auction, presentations in the Visitors Center and more are all part of the planned activities. Join us for a day of fun in the snow!
From fair food to exhibits it was a action packed day at the Minnesota State Fair Sept. 2nd. The beautiful weather and Labor Day weekend holiday made for lots of other people thinking "Let's go to the Fair!" Of course I had to check out what's what in the world of corn...
The Kettle Korn House will be bagging and selling kettle corn on-location for the 10th annual Alma Music and Arts Festival. Situated in the town park along the banks of the Mississippi River the festival will feature music all day, art and food from area musicians, artists and vendors. Our first time at the event because the KKH is usually at the Shawano County Fair during Labor Day weekend. I miss being in Shawano but I don't miss the long drive and the long six day event. Bring on the bands and let's have a good time closer to home. http://www.almawisconsin.com/events/musicartsfestival.html
UPDATE: Beautiful weather and good attendance made for a great day in Alma. After a crazy busy day at the MN State Fair the day before it was a sweet to slow down and a day by the river. The bands that played were really entertaining and I met some other vendors that I hope to see again somewhere down the road. If nothing else maybe at the 2013 Music and Arts Festival.
My daughter, Elle, and I will be making and selling kettle corn as first-time vendors at the Kasson Festival in the Park this weekend. In a matter of minutes I will transform from my regular weekday job as a Customer Service Rep. in the mail room at IBM-Rochester to the Kettle Korn House Kettle Meister. Tonight they will be showing Cars 2 at dusk as part of the festival so I will try and get the kettle corn stand set-up and running in time to have kettle corn available for sale to movie goers. The weather forecast for tonight and Saturday looks good. Sunday could be questionable with a chance of rain. Kasson is small community approximately 20 miles due West of Rochester. For more info. about the festival cl
What an absolutely fantastic weekend in Durand, WI! The Blues on the Chippewa music festival was a great three day event. Despite spotty weather Friday night and early Saturday the perfect combination of sunshine, low humidity and great music made for a profitable and entertaining weekend. Ms Allison was stylin' both herself and the Kettle Korn House once again. Floral arrangements and Allison's eye for detail on the front end of the House made this shack really look good.
There were so many good bands that played that I have to visit www.bluesonthechippewa.org to remember. A short list of bands that really stood out were
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