The band garb is 12 years old, but the usual usage lifespan is seven years, said Blevins.
Originally the band boosters’ idea of a craft show with vendors’ booths throughout the new arena was projected to include about 30 vendors selling their wares. But band supporters have been pleasantly surprised to find that more than twice as many vendors have signed up to appear.
“Our craft show has created a lot of buzz already and is much bigger than expected for our first show,” said Blevins.
She said “100 percent of the proceeds from booth rentals will go to our uniform fund and we will also be holding a raffle and have concession. 100 percent of all profit from the raffle and concession will also go to our uniform fund. Raffle prizes will be donated from community members as well as the majority of our vendors,” said Blevins.
Band boosters conduct many fund raising events every year to off-set the costs of the band, its travel to local and regional competitions and other related expenses.
New uniforms are expected to cost $45,000 to $50,000 and boosters have raised $28,000 so far, according to Blevins.
“The Marching Band is a vibrant part of the Middletown Community, proudly representing our school through local competitions, performances, and parades. They attend every home football game and most away games. The Marching Band inspires school spirit and enhances community image,” she said.
“Our uniform moms have kept these uniforms in great condition but after so many alternations, and adding fabric to smaller uniforms to make them bigger, making larger uniforms smaller to fit someone else … but it’s time for new uniforms,” Blevins said.
The craft show, which is at the high school arena at 601 N. Breiel Blvd, is open to the public at no charge and will run Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include the sale of raffle tickets for $1 each or six for $5.