My friends and I are wrong. Sterlingfest is the perfect example of something to do in the community. The festival has something for all ages. If you like to hunt craft shows, listen to amazing bands, eat great food, enjoy a cold, adult beverage or your kids want to enjoy carnival rides, Sterlingfest is the perfect family event. I don’t know if it’s that I’m no longer an easily influenced thirteen-year-old girl or what. But my eyes were opened to a completely different side of our community and Chamber during Sterlingfest weekend.
Although I didn’t have the opportunity to attend the festival as a full-on guest, being able to witness people having fun and enjoying the company of others as a volunteer was an incredible experience. I worked all over the beverage tents during Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. I was that little blonde girl that didn’t stop moving until I completely crashed at 11 p.m. Saturday evening. Throughout my running around, I found out that I’m a pretty observant person.
On Thursday evening, I sold tickets at the patio bar with six Chamber members I’ve never met. I’m new here so it’s really no surprise I didn’t know anyone. But with the seven of us working together as a team, we were able to serve drinks to our community members flawlessly. Not only did we work well together, during the down time we were able to talk and get to create both a personal and business relationship with one another. I loved how the laidback atmosphere, easy summer heat and the similarity of being apart of the Chamber helped us get to know each other. It was a fabulous networking experience that wasn’t forced, it just happened.
Friday was fun. I was in the main tent selling tickets all night. But before the rush, I had the opportunity to walk around and take some pictures. I captured two older ladies doing the hustle, by themselves, on the dance floor. They were having a blast! It was so awesome to witness them taking advantage of the fantastic music and empty floor.
After I walked around the food court. If you’re a foodie and looking to try something new, Sterlingfest’s food court is the place to go. There were an awesome variety of restaurants. If you’re a new restaurant in the area, I’d definitely suggest trying to squeeze your way into the food court next year. It’s a great way to show off your business and get your food and name out into the community.
Saturday night was hot and humid but that didn’t stop me from being all over the place in the Suds ‘n Sounds tent. The tent was on fire! Not literally, of course. But with the beats coming from the phenomenal bands and seeing so many people having a great time, it was hard to wipe the smile off my face. Then all of a sudden, the clouds released and the rain came down hard. But the rain didn’t stop anyone from having a good time. We ended up being able to keep the main tent open until 11:30 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. because every one was having such a great time.
Then 11 o’ clock hit and that’s when my adrenaline ran out – Kramer down! It was quite a week of sleep deprivation, but it was totally worth it. If you missed out on volunteering or attending Sterlingfest this year, I highly suggest you look into helping us out or attending the Bass Brew & BBQ in St. Claire Shores the weekend of August 28.
Also, check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts for some awesome pictures from Sterlingfest weekend! You may see some familiar faces!