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Small businesses well represented at the Barn Festival

For over 20 years the Barn Festival has given small businesses a place for the public to come and spend their money locally.
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 11:47 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For over 20 years the Barn Festival has given small businesses a place for the public to come and spend their money locally and all in one location.

2022′s edition is no different. One of the small businesses represented was Good Livin’ out of Kenesaw, which works with farmers to sell their products directly to people.

Good Livin’ Co-owner Noah Young said, the festival was important for gaining a customer base.

“I think there are a lot of businesses like myself that are trying to get in front of customers and so having an event like this in our local community is just really important just to increase the economic development of where we are at and get our product in front of more people,” Young said.

Some businesses already have a customer base, but unfortunate circumstances have caused them to hit a bump in the road.

One of those businesses is Rolling Peach Boutique, which had to endure everything from having to close down due to the fire at neighboring Bert’s Pharmacy. The boutique has since reopened but have been dealing with limited traffic due to street closures, also caused by the fire.

The boutique is grateful to have the chance to get the added customers, but they admit it takes some work.

“For the Barn Festival to put on something like this, there is so much work that it takes and it’s so good to see all these people that come out and support these small businesses,” said Rolling Peach Boutique Co-owner Erica Bartels.

If you couldn’t make it out this weekend for Barn Fest, it will be also be open May 27-29.

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