Spring Fever 2019 - A Flip Flops and Insulated Jacket Kind of Day
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Last year, the Murphy Chamber of Commerce Spring Fever had to shut down early due to high winds hurling vendor tents into the air and pushing them willy nilly across the parking lot. Even though the cinder blocks were provided by Lowe’s last year for the vendors to tie their tents to, the winds proved to be too much. This year, girded with the knowledge of hindsight, additional cinder blocks were provided along with sturdy rope for vendor use and the show was able to go on. Vendors, performers, volunteers and community members enjoyed the day wearing a mixture of shorts, flip flops, thermal legwear and insulated jackets.
Juli Richards, Executive Director of the Murphy Chamber of Commerce, explained the goal of the annual event, “To give local vendors and businesses a platform to showcase their business and sell product....increasing their outreach in the community. Also, to provide a community event to Murphy for families to enjoy.” This was the 9th Annual Spring Fever and Richards informed it was the most successful event ever. They sold out of vendor booth space, 81 vendors were present, and had more sponsors than ever before. “We appreciate our sponsors and support of chamber membership to make the Murphy Chamber of Commerce's largest event a success! We are offering a vendor price discount for our 2020 (10th annual) event if they sign up in the month of April this year.” (Call the chamber at 927-805-3749 or email at email@example.com.)
The mainstage offered a variety of entertainment: Starting the event was Mayor Scott Bradley followed by Boy Scout pack 1776 performing a flag ceremony then, Julie Funston - Funston Voice Studio performed the National Anthem. Students from Boggess Elementary performed a variety of patriotic songs. Candidates for city council spoke about their background and their reasons for running. A jazz ensemble from Plano East "Jazz Because" performed a series of jazz music. Clifford Gomes of Central Paint & Body gave an Indian Percussion performance. The Tantric Saints Band was the last act of the day and they performed a variety of crowd-pleasing songs. Announcements were made from the stage throughout the event spotlighting the vendors.
Richards said that her favorite part of Spring Fever is, “The variety of vendors that sign up and opportunities for them to launch/showcase their business.”
Maria Reilly and David Mandala are event co-chairpersons. Reilly said, “We had over 75 student volunteers, including students from McMillen High School, Murphy Middle School, Key Club, NHS and NJHS, along with Elevate Church student volunteers. We had adult volunteers from within the chamber, community and Elevate Church. We also had a few special volunteers from Carolyn Weeks (Farmers Insurance) office that did a lot of the tedious work for us. The volunteer sponsor was Marco’s Pizza.” Mandala voiced appreciation for the volunteers as well as Lowe’s, “Lowe’s supports us through the use of their parking lot and more. They loan the blocks at no charge to hold down the vendor canopies. (They) went above and beyond, we normally get two palettes of concrete blocks but we needed and got three more palettes, so over and above level of support.”