Saturday, November 1, 2014

Local Store Teams with GIrl Scouts For Turkey Contest

Frackville - Local retailer, Mustard Seed Mercantile will team up with Girl Scouts in Heart PA – Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Troop #31806, Hegins, to host The 2014 Talented Turkey Contest from October 29th to November 22, 2014. Any local school-aged children are eligible to submit their version of a turkey using any creative medium they choose including paper, paint, clay, foam, or other materials. Turkeys will be on display through November 22, 2014 at the Mustard Seed Mercantile’s Schuylkill Mall location near Sear’s.

All entries will feature a cup to collect votes. Votes will be cast by the public using pennies. (One penny equals one vote.) Participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to visit the store to vote as often as they would like leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Voting can be done until Saturday, November 22, 2014. A Grand Prize will be awarded to the turkey that garnered the most votes. Individual entries are encouraged as there is only one grand prize to be awarded by Mustard Seed Mercantile.

All proceeds collected from voting will be evenly distributed to two food pantries. Mustard Seed Mercantile will donate half to the Frackville Food Bank and Girl Scout Troop #31806 will donate half to the Tri-Valley Food Pantry to purchase holiday food staples for local families in need. This will be just one of the many community service projects Christy Leiter and her Troop participate in each year.

Leiter states “We are excited to be part of this kind of fun partnership with Mustard Seed Mercantile. It’s great that the store is trying to recognize the local talented artists in the County while at the same time enabling our Girl Scouts to help out those in need in our own community in time for the holidays. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the creative things the kids come up with for the 2014 Talented Turkey Contest.”

Tricia Zimmerman is the owner of Mustard Seed Mercantile, a store described as an ‘indoor craft fair all year long’. She is also excited to see what the local kids create with for their turkey submissions. “We came up with this idea as a way to include and show off the kids in Schuylkill County. All of our current vendors are adults but I know there is a lot of creativity in the local kids that may not get a chance to shine publicly. This is a great way to do that while also helping those that may otherwise have to go without over the holidays. This way a couple of pennies from someone’s pocket will make so many others happy which is what the holidays are about.”

The store will be accepting submissions from October 29 through November 8, 2014 during store business hours Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm. Voting will go on from November 1 through November 22, 2014, when the final votes will be counted.

Visit the store’s Facebook page for more contest information or to learn more about Mustard Seed Mercantile visit

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