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The Parrish Small Business Expo and Fall Festival

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

By Mimi Sheffer

The Parrish Fall Festival and Small Biz Expo was a huge success. Almost 1000 people attended the event on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th. With over 42 booths, 4 food trucks, a beer truck, a cornhole tournament, cotton candy, bounce houses and Brown’s Market, it was a fun-filled family event!

The event was organized by Gretchen Fowler, PCA President and Co-Founder and President of the Anthony Fowler Foundation, to showcase the small businesses in the community of Parrish. It was hosted at Swack Daddy’s BBQ and Brown’s Market, which is now owned by Swack Daddy’s. Hundreds of people enjoyed the festivities, food, vendors and entertainment. “It was a true community effort,” said Gretchen, “Local businesses and organizations coming together to make the event happen, especially in the crazy weather on Saturday. So many people volunteered their time, donating their services to make this event a success.”

Special thanks to the Bulls Football Team of Parrish Community High School. Approximately 20-25 football players and coaches and support staff helped set-up the event. Coach Chris Culton wants the team to be known as the Philanthropy Team, the team with a heart for their community.

Two local youth organizations were in attendance raising money for their organizations – Cub Scout Pack 1226 and North Manatee Soccer Mutiny u13. The Pony Rides and Petting Zoo were provided by Ever After Pony Rides and Petting Zoo. The Hay Ride was provided by Jones Potato Farm and Jim Parks with the Parrish General Store.

Food vendors included Parrish Cuban Grill, D. Stringer Produce and Concessions, Kona Ice, Gulley’s, Swack Daddy’s BBQ and the Budweiser Beer Truck. Music and entertainment was provided by Gulfstream Entertainment – DJ XL and DJ Diluzion. The Cornhole Tournament was put on by Tampa Bay Cornhole and Bounce Houses were provided by KDD Rentals, LLC.

Brown’s Market is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm and from 11 am – 6 pm on Sunday. They are closed on Monday. Swack Daddy’s BBQ is open from 11 am – 7:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. They offer a large variety of fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, milk, plants and much more.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Anthony Fowler Foundation, which helps families facing unforeseen tragedies. Below is a complete list of vendors and their contact information.

Swack Daddy’s BBQ & Brown’s Market Tampa Bay Cornhole KDD Rentals, LLC – Bounce Houses Ever After Pony Rides and Petting Zoo North Manatee Soccer Mutiny u13

Parrish Elite Cub Scout Pack 1226 Hamblin Hills Farm Paparazzi Jewelry Anthony Fowler Foundation Travels with Theresa Myakka’s Gold Apiary Prosser Painting Trusted Pool & Spa Color Street by Tonda Roberts D. Stringer Produce & Concessions Hemp from Grits The Wellness Center Jamie Campbell, Realtor Home Condo Watch Kool Stuff Purple Anchor Designs Young Living Essential Oils Senior Select Magnolia and Vine Dawn Marie’s Elderberry Syrup Tupperware by Vilma Vargas Gulfstream Entertainment Leslie Wells Realty Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee Wasted Space Designs Nativity Silhouettes Gulley’s Kona Ice of Manatee County Parrish Cuban Grill

Complete List of Vendors and Contact Information for PCA Website/Blog:

Swack Daddy’s BBQ & Brown’s Market BBQ and Southern Cuisine with the Charm of the South Fresh Farm Produce, Eggs, Milk, Plants & More 941-776-2710 FB: SwackDaddyBBQ

Tampa Bay Cornhole Cornhole Boards FB: @tampabay.cornhole 813-298-3570

KDD Rentals, LLC Bounce House Rentals Donald & Kat Williams 508-340-2078

Ever After Pony Rides and Petting Zoo Signa Byrket FB: 352 484-5936

North Manatee Soccer Mutiny u13

Matt Smither, President

Cub Scout Pack 1226 Parrish Cub Scouts

Hamblin Hills Farm Pasture-raised chicken, eggs and beef Bill & Frances Hamblin 941.479.7851

Paparazzi Jewelry Fun, Fashionable and Affordable Jewelry by Candice Morrell 813.480.5809

Anthony Fowler Foundation

Travels with Theresa Cruise & Tour Specialist Theresa Odom 336-681-4588

Myakka’s Gold Apiary Local raw honey 941-746-1597

Prosser Painting David & Lorraine Prosser 941-877-1350 FB: @ProsserPaints

Trusted Pool & Spa Chris & Sylvia Hegedus 941-776-9992 FB: @trustedpoolandspa

Color Street by Tonda Roberts Nail Color Strips 941-524-9946

D. Stringer Produce & Concessions Farm Fresh Produce, Subs & More, Wholesale & Special Events David & Darrell Stringer 941-345-9807

Hemp from Grits Distributor for HempWorx CBD Oil for People and Pets 941-545-6643 941-545-5422

The Wellness Center High quality, organic CBD products Erica Gantley 941-795-2200

Jamie Campbell, Realtor Keller Williams 727-543-0833

Home Condo Watch Seasonal Homeowner Services Beverly Rusek – 941-920-4792 Mary Kleiman – 830-484-5508

Kool Stuff Promotional Products with Purpose Tom Scholz 941-224-0956 877-794-1706

Purple Anchor Designs Jewelry, Décor, Apparel & More Jessica Moshman & Bethany Pennington 941-962-7266 Facebook: PurpleAnchorDesigns Instagram: PurpleAnchorDesigns

Young Living Essential Oils Essential Oils Aimie Leigh 941-500-9527

Senior Select Medicare Supplement/Advantage Plans Part D Prescription Drug Plans Life Insusrance Eric D. Johnson 941-212-9232

Magnolia and Vine Interchangeable Jewelry, Handbags and Accessories Amy Miller 941-776-5684

Dawn Marie’s Elderberry Syrup Organic Ingredients 941-447-2510 FB/Insta @DawnMariesElderberries

Tupperware by Vilma Vargas 813-508-6843

Gulfstream Entertainment DJs – Music and Video Mixed Live for Private Parties, Events, Fundraisers DJ XL & DJ Diluzion 727-492-8504

Leslie Wells Realty 8268 US Highway 301 N Parrish, Florida FB: @/LeslieWellsRealtyIn 941-776-5571

Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee CBD Oil Katie Starling

Wasted Space Designs Custom Garage Storage Shelving & More 941-212-6754

Nativity Silhouettes Christmas Yard Decorations Lyle Kobus

Gulley’s Home of Mullet by Gullet Smoked Mullet & Spread, Fish Tacos, Crabby Patty Cakes 941-323-9309

Kona Ice of Manatee County (941) 465-0802 FB: konaicemanateecounty

Parrish Cuban Grill 941- 404-7483 FB: @ParrishCubanGrill

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