Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winter Festival 2014

December 13, 2014 10am to 4pm indoors at the Kimberton Fairgrounds...RAIN, SNOW or SHINE!  Please come back for more updates in a few months. Until then, follow us on Facebook!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Recently, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker joined forces to raise over $20,000 in donations for gifts to impoverished children this Holiday season. Roughly 40 Star Wars characters made an appearance at the Winter Festival benefiting Toys for Tots, held at the Kimberton Fairgrounds (762 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460) on December 14th, 2013. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which distributes toys to children of less fortunate families during the Holiday season. Over twenty large sized boxes were filled at the event, which is a considerable achievement, particularly considering this was a six hour event held under the threat of a major winter storm. Despite the weather, over 1,000 guests attended the Winter Festival for a day of fun and giving.

The organizers of the Winter Festival would like to thank the guests in attendance for their generous donations. Additionally, the organizers would like to thank their sponsors for their contributions to this successful event. The sponsors included:

Star Wars: In Character a podcast that focuses on the more obscure characters in the Star Wars universe. The team behind the podcast directly donated $10,000 in toys, not to mention the donations that came via their public exposure. The team created and implemented The Artmor Project ; where 50 artists created custom Mandalorian chestplate armor and donated their art pieces for auction. Entered pieces included references to Star Wars, comic books, sports, Hollywood, and pop-culture in general. The beautiful pieces were auctioned off and raised over $10,000, which was then used by the Star Wars : In Character team to purchase toys for the Winter Festival event. They bought a variety of Star Wars and other toys for both boys and girls which were then brought to the event and displayed over seven tables, and the display was still high and full.

Garrison Carida, the local division of the 501st Legion, is a charitable organization of men and women dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replica villains from the Star Wars universe. Darth Vader and various types of Stormtroopers and Imperial officers made their second consecutive appearance at the Winter Festival, once again setting up their Blast-a-Trooper station. For a small donation, children (and children-at-heart) fire NERF darts at live, taunting Stormtroopers and assorted characters. This is the premiere attraction at the event, and this year Garrison Carida contributed $900 in donations and toys towards the Winter Festival’s donation totals.

Echo Base, a division of the Rebel Legion, is a similar charitable organization donning movie accurate, self-created costumes of the heroes and aliens of the Star Wars universe. Also making their second appearance were Luke Skywalker and a 7 foot tall Chewbacca with movie accurate sound effects. In addition to the Rebels and aliens, the Rebel Legion brought a full sized, functional R2-D2, which entertained adults and danced the day away with children.

Reiki with Becki, provided free chair massage to anyone in attendance and then donated her tips to the charity. Becki worked all day long, providing her positive energy and muscle relaxation to all those that visited her, including Lord Darth Vader himself.

Additional thanks goes to Jason S Colflesh Photography,Phantom Video Djs, and the members of the Mav oya'la Clan, a third set of costumed characters in the style of Boba Fett.

Other highlights of the day include a door prize drawing for an iPad mini to one lucky guest, last minute holiday shopping with a variety of vendors, an unexpected appearance of the Cheers on Wheels Star Wars truck and crew, and impromptu lightsaber battles between the children and the characters. It should be noted, all of the costumed characters volunteer their time and build (or purchase) their own costumes; improving the lives of children is their only payment. Additionally, the overhead for the event (venue rental, flier production, internet marketing, etc.) was provided by the various vendors in the form of table fees. Essentially, everyone working at the event in some way donated to the Toys for Tots charity.

The Winter Festival for 2014 is already in the planning stage as a major Toys for Tots dropoff location and event. It will be held rain, snow or shine on December 13th, 2014. It will once again take place at the Kimberton Fairgrounds and will continue to partner with Garrison Carida and Echo Base to provide Star Wars characters at the event. A new food provider will be stationed outside the event, and an interior sitting area will be made available for guests. Plenty of volunteer opportunities will be available for people that want to give back to less fortunate people in their communities. The organizers of the Winter Festival look forward to what we can accomplish together with you in 2014, as we work towards creating another great Star Wars themed Toys for Tots event on 12/13/14 at the Kimberton Fairgrounds. We hope you will join us again next year!

Save the date : 12/13/14, Winter Festival benefiting Toys for Tots, featuring Star Wars characters and activities, at the Kimberton Fairgrounds (762 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460).

Special thanks to:
Star Wars in Character
The Artmor Project
Garrison Carida
Reiki with Becki
The Rebel Legion
Mav Oya'la Clan
Jason S Colflesh Photography

Photo courtesy of Jason S Colflesh Photography

Monday, December 2, 2013

Coming to the Philadelphia area….

Star Wars themed Winter Festival benefiting Toys for Tots, Saturday, December 14th, from 10am to 4pm at the Kimberton Fairgrounds in Phoenixville, PA. 

Star Wars 'Blast-a-Trooper'-Blast your favorite "Bad Guys" with NERF for charity, pose for pictures with your favorites too, complimentary chair massage for adults, face painting, balloon animals and crafts for kids, raffles, silent auctions, and over 50 local businesses for every last minute gift on your list!

Admission to this event is FREE, toy donations are encouraged.

Bring a new/unwrapped toy and be entered to win a brand new IPAD MINI.

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Photo courtesy of Weld Photography

Friday, November 8, 2013

Santatrooper wants to give one lucky boy or girl a BRAND NEW IPAD MINI!

There are TWO WAYS TO WIN, receive 1-entry ticket for every new and unwrapped toy you donate and/or receive 1-entry ticket for every $20 you spend with our fabulous vendors.

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