Boy Scouts Sell Popcorn
The judging panel selected for this year's taste test included Dr. Phyllis Chase, the Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, David Turner, the President of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, and many more. They all seemed delighted to try each and every one of the eleven items for sale.
The judges tried caramel popcorn, kettle corn, microwave popcorn, cheese and chocolate covered popcorn, and even chocolate covered preztels and peanut crunches.
The good news for lovers of the tasty treats is that all but two types of the popcorn being sold have zero grams of trans fat. Also, none of them contain the butter flavoring Diaeceytl, which can cause lung problems.
"And our product from trail's end does not have that flavoring. So we are Diacetyl free and it's a great tasting snack," says Mike Miller of the Boy Scouts.
The whole event was to help fundraise for Columbia's Boy Scouts.
"Well we hope a lot of kids learn the value of supporting their own way through a program," says Miller. "We hope the kids learn some new skills like sales techniques and how to set goals.
One of the scouts at the event, Jordan Asher, was the highest seller last year, selling $4,200 worth of popcorn.
"Columbia is a great place. They really support Boy Scouts, and they always buy popcorn," says Jordan.
The Scouts began selling popcorn immediately after the event. Of course, with sales, you don't close every deal.
"Nope...There's ups and there's downs. That's sales," says Jordan.
Popcorn prices vary from $9-$50 for large packages. Half of the profits go towards the Boy Scout Council, while the other half goes for prizes for the sellers. The Boy Scouts will continue to sell until November 26.