Chick-Fil-A Conquers the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster MA

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Chick-Fil-A Conquers the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster MA

[cap­tion id=“attachment_109137” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”] The Chick-​Fil-​A van at the Johnny Apple­seed Fair Leomin­ster MA[/caption]Yesterday I spent my day off at the WQPH 89.3 FM Booth at Leominster’s annual Johnny Apple­seed fes­ti­val held each year in honor of the most famous per­son ever born there. I spent the day pro­mot­ing my book Hail Mary the Per­fect Protes­tant (and Catholic) Prayer (avail­able here) , my radio show Your Prayer Inten­tions (Heard every Sat­ur­day at Noon on WQPH) , giv­ing away blessed items and col­lect­ing stories.

I’ll be writ­ing about some of those great sto­ries over the next few days, some which have already been uploaded to Youtube if you can’t wait, but there is on story in par­tic­u­lar that jumped out at me.

The fes­ti­val ran from 9 AM to 6 PM I got there before 8 to set things up. The wind was pretty nasty early in the day so one of our vol­un­teers Chris did a hard­ware store run for some Duct Tape and stakes to hold the tent and sign in place. When he got back before nine he came back with shock­ing news…Chick-Fil-A was set up right next to the main drag!

Now if you live south of the Mason-​Dixon line the idea that your local Chick-​Fil-​A might be at a fes­ti­val is not news. But if you live in a state where there was until a few years ago only a sin­gle Chick-​Fil-​A in the entire state, where both rad­i­cal gay pro­test­ers, and far left pols, of which we have an abun­dance have used the com­pany as a punch­ing back to prove their lib­eral bona fides , and where even now the near­est of the five or so statewide loca­tions is a solid 30 min­utes away…

…hav­ing them set up at a fes­ti­val in the city next to yours is a pretty big deal.

It was nearly 9 AM so by now our booth was well maned so I headed straight over not only to get the story but because I didn’t have time to eat before I left the house. That’s where I met San­dra and Kevin who were set­ting up.

Rather than sell­ing indi­vid­ual sand­wiches they were sell­ing only meals which con­sisted of: A stan­dard Chick-​Fil-​A Sand­wich, a 10 ounce can of soda, a bag of chips and a thick cookie for $10. I thought the price-​point was high for the fes­ti­val but I bought one any­way (I’d never had the cook­ies there before, it was VERY good) and returned to my booth very happy.

As promised I swung by again at 4 pm to see how the day had gone so far, it had gone VERY well

It’s worth not­ing that the lady who asked about when they would come to Leomin­ster was wear­ing but­tons for var­i­ous Democ­rats run­ning for state office

By 5:30 the Kevin was pack­ing up, the last meal had been sold and the last “when are you com­ing to Leomin­ster?” ques­tion had been asked.

Now you might think it’s no big deal for Chick-​Fil-​A to sell a cou­ple of hun­dred sand­wiches at an annual fes­ti­val in Leomis­nter MA. But to do so when the com­pany has been vil­i­fied for a decade in the state, in a city where their state rep is a Bernie Bro (actu­ally a Bernie sis) at a price-​point higher than any­one else at the place, that’s really something.

I sus­pect that before too long I won’t have to go more than 5 min­utes out of my way to get a soup some Chick-​Fil-​A and if noth­ing else I’m Cer­tain that they will be a fix­ture at the Johnny Apple­seed Fes­ti­val forevermore.

The Chick-Fil-A van at the Johnny Appleseed Fair Leominster MA
Yesterday I spent my day off at the WQPH 89.3 FM Booth at Leominster’s annual Johnny Appleseed festival held each year in honor of the most famous person ever born there. I spent the day promoting my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer (available here) , my radio show Your Prayer Intentions (Heard every Saturday at Noon on WQPH) , giving away blessed items and collecting stories.

I’ll be writing about some of those great stories over the next few days, some which have already been uploaded to Youtube if you can’t wait, but there is on story in particular that jumped out at me.

The festival ran from 9 AM to 6 PM I got there before 8 to set things up. The wind was pretty nasty early in the day so one of our volunteers Chris did a hardware store run for some Duct Tape and stakes to hold the tent and sign in place. When he got back before nine he came back with shocking news…Chick-Fil-A was set up right next to the main drag!

Now if you live south of the Mason-Dixon line the idea that your local Chick-Fil-A might be at a festival is not news. But if you live in a state where there was until a few years ago only a single Chick-Fil-A in the entire state, where both radical gay protesters, and far left pols, of which we have an abundance have used the company as a punching back to prove their liberal bona fides , and where even now the nearest of the five or so statewide locations is a solid 30 minutes away…

…having them set up at a festival in the city next to yours is a pretty big deal.

It was nearly 9 AM so by now our booth was well maned so I headed straight over not only to get the story but because I didn’t have time to eat before I left the house. That’s where I met Sandra and Kevin who were setting up.

Rather than selling individual sandwiches they were selling only meals which consisted of: A standard Chick-Fil-A Sandwich, a 10 ounce can of soda, a bag of chips and a thick cookie for $10. I thought the price-point was high for the festival but I bought one anyway (I’d never had the cookies there before, it was VERY good) and returned to my booth very happy.

As promised I swung by again at 4 pm to see how the day had gone so far, it had gone VERY well

It’s worth noting that the lady who asked about when they would come to Leominster was wearing buttons for various Democrats running for state office

By 5:30 the Kevin was packing up, the last meal had been sold and the last “when are you coming to Leominster?” question had been asked.

Now you might think it’s no big deal for Chick-Fil-A to sell a couple of hundred sandwiches at an annual festival in Leomisnter MA. But to do so when the company has been vilified for a decade in the state, in a city where their state rep is a Bernie Bro (actually a Bernie sis) at a price-point higher than anyone else at the place, that’s really something.

I suspect that before too long I won’t have to go more than 5 minutes out of my way to get a soup some Chick-Fil-A and if nothing else I’m Certain that they will be a fixture at the Johnny Appleseed Festival forevermore.