Loaves & Lobsters, Lobster Fest
Each year we host a lobster fest fundraiser, featuring LIVE Maine Lobster. The event has been held each May. Check out the “Current Projects” for more details on the upcoming event.
Boulder City Damboree
On the 4th of July, Boulder City has a parade and a fair at Broadbent Park for the community. Our church has a booth with a splash tank at the fair as a fund-raiser for our youth group. Stop by and cool off at the splash tank and support our children’s ministry.
Santa’s Electric Night Parade
Our church has entered floats in the annual Christmas Parade. We have fun decorating the float and passing out candy canes along the parade route. Also at Christmas, we usually go caroling at some of the nursing homes here in BC. In 2015 we received the Judges Choice Award for our “Home for Christmas” horse and carriage, covered in snow! Click here to see a short video.
Luminaria and Las Posadas
In 2014, our church took on the responsibility for producing the annual community Christmas event that the Chamber of Commerce formerly provided. It features a live nativity pageant, school choruses and other musicians to tell the Christmas story. We also provide hot chocolate after the event, all of which is free to the public. Of course, we accept donations for a charitable cause. We need lots of volunteers for this event, both in the program and behind the scenes.
Our pumpkins come from Pumpkins USA. They began their Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers began in 1974 in North Carolina with 3 acres of pumpkins and a partnership with one church. We agreed to let the church sell the pumpkins and they would share the proceeds. There was no contract, no legal proceedings…just a handshake and trust in each other. Richard and Janice Hamby have been growing pumpkins and adding partners ever since.
It’s a wonderful partnership of trust. The churches and non-profit organizations trust us to grow and deliver great pumpkins. We trust those organizations to be diligent in selling their pumpkins, honest in reporting their sales, and attentive to paying our percentage of sales. We are responsible for all of the costs associated with growing, harvesting and shipping. To ensure that our partners have a successful patch, we bear all of the risk of loss due to theft and spoilage. While it is unusual in the business world, this relationship of trust has been very effective throughout the years. In fact that first church, Centenary United Methodist Church, is still with us today.
After being hit by Hurricane Hugo we moved our farming operations to the Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, NM. In cooperation with the Navajo Nation, we grow 1,200 acres or approximately 2 square miles of pumpkins and employee over 700 Native Americans during our harvest months of September and October. We also have a full time off-season NM staff that is comprised of entirely Native Americans. This has a positive and lasting impact on a region with 42% unemployment.
Since 1974, our pumpkin patch family has grown to over 1,000 organizations covering the Continental US, representing 25 denominations of churches and youth groups, scouts, schools, fraternal organizations, habitat groups and other civic organizations. The Hamby’s son, John, has now graduated from college and joined the company to continue another generation of family focused business. The entire project is still based on trust.
Our church receives a shipment of approximately 600 pumpkins in early October and then staff the patch daily from 12 noon to 8 p.m. We offer story time, photo opportunities, and a great way to connect with new friends in Boulder City. Many hands will be needed!