Supporting Youth, Agriculture and Budding Entrepreneurs
As two of the youngest entrepreneurs at the Campbell County Fair Trade Show, 7-year-old Olivia Brogdon and her 9-year-old sister Maggie were busy setting up their rubber band guns, marshmallow shooters, and racks of costume jewelry Monday morning in the Wyoming Center. On Wednesday, the hall will be packed with entertainers, vendors, and other free fun things to do like mechanical bull rides or spinning in an Orbitron as the Fair officially gets underway.
Olivia and Maggie have been running their own business – KCB’s Lil’ Shooters – “since they were little,” according to Olivia, who explains the sister-owned company started with rubber band guns on a loan from their mother Crystal, who wanted the girls to learn how to count change and have a better understanding of earning and spending money.
Since opening the business four years ago, they’ve accompanied their mom to a number of trade shows where they’ve set up shop beside her store, KCB Creations. Crystal’s shop morphed out of the sparkly tutus and oversized hair flowers she made for her girls, which caught on among their friends, who asked her to make more for them. Now, Crystal sells jewelry, purses, clothes, and a host of other merchandise catering to “girly girls” who love bling.
Along with the rubber band guns, the girls have since added hand-made marshmallow shooters, made out of PVC pipe and stickers, that they invented during a family fun night and decided would make a perfect addition to their inventory. Demonstrating, Maggie loaded up a tiny blue marshmallow and shot it about 30 feet down the concrete where in a few days Twinkle Time will be performing her fun song and dance show (see County 17 tomorrow for more about this former girl-band rocker who once toured with Brittney Spears).
“There are a couple of different gun models,” Maggie explained like a seasoned sales person, including the Urban Fighter, Kentucky Rifle, and a pop gun that scares the dickens out of some people who aren’t expecting the “pop.”
This is one of her favorite aspects of that particular model, she added, because who doesn’t like scaring people?
Crystal pointed out that the rubber band guns don’t really hurt. In the past, when she has randomly shot the bands at passing pedestrians, rarely do they even notice.
Boys and dads have traditionally been their biggest customers, so in recent years, they’ve divested their merchandise to ring in the girls with racks of star necklaces, Snow White and animal pendant necklaces, and lots of bracelets and rings, and other brightly-colored plastic items. Their price point is low for these items ($3 a piece or two for $5), which they think makes them so popular with young and tween shoppers.
“It’s all very beautiful,” Oliva said, examining one of her bright blue star necklaces, noting that she’d like to see a jump in their Instagram followers, which currently sits at about 17, lower even than the airport, which as she points out, only has a boring picture of a plane.
They’ve also added tutus for both kids and adults, sparkly coin purses, and a whole lot of other fashionable items. With the money they’ve made, the girls have paid for their basketball team fees, equipment and other recreational activities, and most recently, splurged on some gel pens and colored pencils.
“We were very excited to get those,” Olivia said matter-of-factly.
The girls used to live in Wright but have since moved to Big Horn, so the Fair is also a chance for the sisters to catch up with some of their old friends.
Along with the two KCB booths, there will also be a ton of stuff for kids and adults in the Wyoming Center, including a slew of free entertainment, delicious food, western tack, home-made crafts and food, and of course, ice cream and lemonade. Cowboy Bill will once again be on hand to bring out your inner caricature as will the ever-popular Campbell County DARE team with their laughs and free stuff, along with face painting, the “world’s funniest photo booth,” live alligators out back, and much more.
“Kids can spend an entire day here and never get bored,” Crystal said about the Campbell County Fair and Trade Show.
The show will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with activities and events at different times throughout the week. For a complete schedule, see http://county17.com/ccfair.
For more information about the trade show, contact event coordinator Crystal Brogdon at (307) 660-3812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.