continued While all of this fundraiser’s proceeds will go directly to Derek, the family and friends have put on fundraisers in the past to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association for research.
“We’re extremely grateful to have family and friends in our life who participate in our journey,” Murphy said.
While there’s no entry fee to the event, the festival’s organizers hope people will purchase food, crafts and tickets for the cow plop. For this year’s festival, the cow plop will return as the main event.
“Everybody loved it,” festival organizer Lynda Long said. “Some people thought it was crazy. Some people had never heard of something like that.”
Family and friends can also enjoy vendors, painting, crafts, a raffle and kids games. There will be live music by two children’s bands, No. 2 and Time Machine, each featuring Derek’s peers and family members.
Food vendors will offer deep fried Oreos, cotton candy, popcorn, hamburgers and hot dogs.
“It’s big, local community event (and) people come from different areas,” Long said. “It’s just a very fun, uplifting time for everybody.”
Vendors interested in appearing should contact Long at 466-1625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.