Bumper’s to host free event

Published 5:15 pm Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In place of their annual Scuffletown Day held for the past five years at recently closed Scuffletown Grocery, Bumper’s owners Lisa Daniel and her husband plan to continue the festivities this August with a new one-day event, the Mid-Summer Festival.

The parking lot and surrounding area of Bumper’s, located off of Crafton’s Gate Highway in Drakes Branch, will host free entertainment, including spots for vendors and yard sales, live music, a bouncy house, karaoke and barbecue, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Aug. 6, according to Daniel.

“It’s a way that me and my husband like to give back, so the people (who) come in the store — the customers — can actually make money,” said Daniel.

The country store’s owners will let vendors sell their products for free and not take any percentage of the profit.

“What they sell is what they get, I get no money from it,” said Daniel, who will close Bumper’s kitchen for the day, not wanting to compete with the vendors. Regarding yard sales, she added, “Anybody (who) wants to sell something, they can bring it out and sell it to get a little extra money because, now, everybody needs extra money.”

The store will cover the cost for live performances by Tennessee country singer Gary Chenault, based in Bumpass, and seven-man Christian bluegrass band, True Gospel Spirit, based in Glen Allen. Daniel described them both as “some kind of good.”

True Gospel Spirit will be the first band, starting at noon, while Chenault will go on at 2 p.m., according to Daniel.

Daniel said Scuffletown Day, also usually held in August, would see as many as 350 people come by throughout the event. She didn’t believe there were any events similar being held in the area.

“It’s like a big ole family get-together … People actually look forward to it,” said Daniel. “I actually had people tell me it’s something I need to get done two or three times a year.”

The owners have been advertising the Mid-Summer Festival mainly through posts on the Bumper’s Facebook page and word of mouth, according to Daniel. She said they are still accepting vendors for the event, and can be reached at (434) 568-3520 or (434) 470-2698.