Please understand, I’m not slamming the Apple Butter Festival. Many people would love it. People into crafts would be in heaven I’m not even a festival guy. I didn’t. For me it was a humorous disaster.
First stop was a church parking lot we were directed to. $3 each to park. I asked if 1 spot for 2 bikes would be $3. They said no. That’s un-Christian right there – I think. I paid anyhow. I didn’t want to talk about $3 at the pearly gates, so I gave up the money, but we took 2 spaces.
First, I was yelled at a by an elderly Eastern European playing a harpsichord. I just pointed my camera at him playing. He freaked out. Whatever. Eastern European harpsichord players are cranky bastards.
There was an overwhelming amount of high-priced pallet wood art.
And the apple butter? There was one dude stirring apple butter. Here he is. He was about as excited as you expect a guy stirring apple butter to be.
I got a laugh out of the situation though. I hiked a serious hill and paid a $5 entry fee. There were more fees to do other things if one opted to, $5 got a visitor admission to a public street.
There was a really good band playing and the place smelled great with the food cooking. It wasn’t all bad.
This love struck smiley face stress ball laying over the sewer reminded me of the similar smiley face department store that I hate.
As I continue to watch the smiley store corporation stock plummet and see the truth about their goods revealed, this is how I view that corporation. The last thing I heard about them revealed so much about the level of corruption in our country. It involved huge farm subsidies going to corn, soy, and cottonseed mega farms. The overwhelming majority of food stuffs in their stores are made from these products.
We pay for the subsidies of these crops. The crops are grown, then processed in ways that are poisonous to us. Then, we buy the products at the smiley store. In essence, we pay for them twice, but they seem like a bargain. For some, it is all that they can afford.
I really wish I listened to the “whackos” telling us this 20, 30 years ago.