Archive for 2015

2015 Sudbury Colonial Faire Time Lapse

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

So this is what our biggest day of the season looks like. I’ve blogged about the Sudbury Colonial Faire before – from 2008. We’ve been coming here for a bunch of years, so we’ve got a lot of regulars who return every year, wanting their bag(s). We popped around 400 bags, as you can see from the video. We’ve developed a system where we give ourselves a buffer against the crowds that form, wanting their bag. By making sure we have three layers of already popped bags on the table, we can then “fight back” the crowd if they start to surge. Years ago we didn’t do this and a huge line would form and put us behind the demand curve. We also calls this our (Star Trek) “shields” against the “enemy” of hungry customers (Klingons) who want their kettle corn NOW. All the other food vendors were getting swamped with customers, but Dan and I never got buried. I’m sure you lose business if you make a customer wait too long.

We’ve also been doing other events at this location for a while now, but we missed one event this year because we were already booked down the road in Framingham. About a week ago, we started to get complaints from some of our regular customers who went to this Sudbury event and didn’t see us there, ending up buying a bag of kettle corn from another vendor and ending up very disappointed with their product. Four different people schlepped all the way to Framingham to give us flack about somebody else’s product! I’m still amazed at how many people screw kettle corn up. I’ve gotten email from people who have bought my kettle corn business guide and THEY still insist of messing with the formula.

Kettle Corn Time Lapse Framingham

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Typically the high point of the season is the first week in August or the last week of July. We were hoping to catch a record day on the time lapse camera, but alas, our record day in Framingham was 2 weeks back. We sold about 200 bags on this day. I knew it wasn’t going to be a record day when I was able to take a rest after the first hour (around :17 in the video). The whole thing takes place over a 5 and a half hour period. Notice how at the end of the day it looked like we were going to go home with a bunch of bags that were on the table, but a bunch of last minute addicts came by and cleaned us out.

Cape Cod Canal Fest in Bourne, MA

Monday, July 13th, 2015

We try out a new event – the Cape Cod Canal Fest in Bourne, MA. This spot is barely a 1/2 mile from my house – it’s also the same spot that a major festival used to be located: the Bourne Scallop Festival. I always wanted to pop at the Scallop Festival, but they already had a kettle corn vendor. They moved to a bigger location further out on Cape Cod and took their person with them. When these guys contacted me, I jumped right on it. All the vendors weren’t sure what would happen crowd wise. Fortunately a parade was happening on the first day and they went right past our location. As you’ll see in the video, the town of Bourne basically descended on us after the parade. We figured that since it was cloudy but warm on the first day, nobody bothered going to the beach and came here. The next day (July 5th) was a perfect beach day and hardly anyone showed up.

Willowbend Country Club Event

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The Willowbend County Club in Mashpee, MA was having a member appreciation day and they wanted to have a carnival atmosphere, so they hired us to give out kettle corn to everyone who came to the event. These “coporate” gigs are great because we get paid up front and don’t have to deal with any money exchanging hands. They were expecting a crowd of about 1,000 people, so we figured that 350 bags should outta cover anyone who wants one. We basically split our regular sized bags in half to get to that kind of volume. They also offered fried dough and raw oysters, along with the yummy BBQ hamburgers, chicken and ribs. The crowd really responded to us being there and we enjoyed making our product for so many happy faces.

42nd Annual Braintree July 4th Celebration

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

The town of Braintree held their 42nd Annual Fireworks at the high school a week earlier than everyone else so we jumped on board. We sit around for 6 hours, sell $100 worth of kettle corn, then just as things start to get good, it rains.

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