On a warm Saturday afternoon, I was greeted at the entrance of the Fall Festival and Community Drive in Killeen by Robin Parsons, a 29-year-old entrepreneur who has lived in the Harker Heights and Killeen area for more than 10 years.
Made With Love Bakery was established in 2010, Parsons said. This was her first time as a vendor at any event.
“I am so excited of the anticipation of how everything is going to turn out,” Parsons said.
1:30 p.m. FESTIVAL KICKOFF
Parsons and her crew arrived at 11:30 a.m., ironing out details about location and schedule. By the time I arrived, I was quite surprised at the way everyone handled the booth, since I was told this was Parsons’ first time.
“Everything really just fell into place by the time you got here,” Parsons said. “It was supposed to rain, but it’s warm and sunny outside. I was overwhelmed by where the booth was located, but couldn’t have put us in a better location.”
Festival attendance was slow, but things started to pick up quickly.
2:15 p.m. NO BRAKES FROM HERE
As I put down my tote bag and got my notepad ready, Parsons and her crew were in full swing. Made With Love Bakery had a variety of foods available, from brownies and cookies to strawberry parfaits and cupcakes. Customers were quick to buy “Death by Chocolate” — a triple-chocolate cupcake topped with a large Ghirardelli square.
“I heard about this cupcake from a coworker a few weeks ago ... had to come and check it out for myself,” said Yanda Adams, a Temple resident.
One group of customers ordered a box full of parfaits, cupcakes, brownies and cookies. I had to make sure the order was correct and expediently done since a line was starting to form.
3:11 p.m. HELP ON THE WAY
A flow of customers swarmed to the Made With Love Bakery booth. Parsons’ phone was ringing with regular customers asking where the festival was located. Her long-time friend, John Shimel, and his 13-year-old daughter came to lend a hand.
“I’ve known Robin for many years, and one thing I know for sure, baking is her passion,” Shimel said.
Before the clock hit 4 p.m., Parsons told the whole crew that “Oreo Lover” and “Death by Chocolate” cupcakes were sold out. We all took mental notes.
4:18 p.m. WE HAVE A WINNER
Parsons said all vendors had to pay a $25 fee and present a prize for the raffle that day. Made with Love Bakery handed out a prize of 12 free cupcakes to a lucky winner. To be eligible to enter into the raffle, festival goers had to donate a canned good item or pay $1 to enter.
“I think its amazing that we have things like this to help the community. It’s very heart warming,” said Cindy Bradford, a Kempner resident.
5:44 p.m. TRUE SUCCESS
Almost 15 minutes before the festival ended, Made With Love Bakery appeared to have been a hit. I looked over to Parsons, who was calm and smiling.
“Today was a true success guys,” she said. “From the event, the customers, even the weather. It was a great day indeed.”
Monique Brand - Herald correspondent