Springfest raises over $13,000 for Habitat for Humanity

From left, Sprinfest volunteers Tiffany Darling, Shawna Holman, and Amanda Rey, Michelle Davis and Jason Kindall from Habitat for Humanity, and Springfest event director Doug Allen (right)

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There were a few sprinkles early on, but for the most part, the sun shined again on Springest in 2015.

The event, which featured a full day of live music, arts & crafts, a 5K, and of course, the annual bed races up Dickson Street went off without a hitch this year. To top it all off, organizers today announced the event raised $13,500 for the Washington County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Funds were raised in a variety of ways this year, from the pancake breakfast in the morning, to entry fees from the 5K run, t-shirt sales, vendor fees, and event sponsorships.

Jason Kindall, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, said the funds will go toward the organization’s current build at Clabber Creek in Fayetteville. The house makes the 52nd home built by the organization since 1996.

“It is a very significant piece of the money we need for that project,” he said. “We want to give a heartfelt thanks to all the Dickson Street businesses, the folks who came out and ran the 5K in the rain, just everyone in the community for their part in this.”

Doug Allen, who has led the event since 2013 and who plans to turn over the reigns to a new director next year, said being able to present a check at the end of the festival has been one of his favorite things about Springfest.

“This is what it’s all about,” he said. “We’re thrilled to be able to support a great organization like Habitat for Humanity, and I can’t thank all the volunteers, the musicians, and the Dickson Street merchants and community for coming together to make this great event, and this donation possible.”