While trade shows have been a part of the Flat Rock Community High School landscape for nearly two decades, this Friday promises to deliver a very special one.
With the recent gasoline spill that forced many residents to evacuate for several weeks and forced this year’s Flat Rock Riverfest to be canceled, residents need something to celebrate.
As Rams fans hope for a victory over Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central High School on the grill, whatever happens, it will be a festive atmosphere with a trade exhibit offering free giveaways and raffles, while showing off its appreciation to the football team, marching band members, cheerleaders and local businesses who have supported them.
Jeremiah North, assistant football coach and liaison with the Booster Club, said the community needs the event more than ever.
“Our summer festival was canceled due to our gas leak, so we’re just trying to get a little ‘thank you’ to the business community,” North said. “We let them set up kiosks and gaming booths where they can sell things and get freebies, like free t-shirts. “
The football game will start at 7 p.m., but the exhibit will start approximately half an hour earlier at Marvin Mittlestat Field and run until the end of the game.
North assigns athletics coordinator John Clair and the school superintendent. Andrew Brodie for coming up with the idea and making it happen. He said that a trade show in one form or another has been held for most of the years since 2003. However, this one is expected to be larger than most.
While North said he did not want to list an exact dollar amount, he did acknowledge that the football team received “tens of thousands of dollars” from generous sponsors during a time of economic uncertainty for many. many local businesses and employees.
He said there was little to no fundraising during the COVID-19 pandemic, so these donations were greatly appreciated.
This event is considered a “giant hug to the community”, including for those who have been so generous with their resources and time; as well as the students and staff of Flat Rock Community High School, including athletes, cheerleaders and members of the school marching band.
Those who attend are invited to sing along with the band as they perform hit songs from the Eagles, and join the cheerleaders as they lead the crowd with fiery vocals from the sidelines.