Leena Rodgers was ready to retire from cheerleading, but she needed something to do in her retirement.
At 10, Rodgers decided that the best choice was to become a hard-working entrepreneur. On Saturday, Rodgers was one of the dozens of vendors selling their wares — many handmade, some not — at the Hill Country Youth Event Center's Market Day.
Because she doesn't have enough to do already, Saturday's shopping extravaganza was organized by Brenda Hughes. Yes, Hughes. The same Brenda Hughes who is on the Kerrville City Council, serves on several boards, runs a restaurant, fosters dogs and cats, has large birds that will take your fingers off, who has multiple grandchildren and who also manages a blind and deaf Great Dane. Whew! Did we mention she's also married to Buzzie?
Ok, so Brenda Hughes put the event together rounded up nonprofits, including the American Cancer Society, and a whole bunch of Hill County folks who had things to sell and created a one-of-a-kind swap meet slash craft fair.
The craft fair part was a victory for Rodgers, a Center Point Elementary School fifth-grader operating her booth with her younger cousin. Rodgers' handmade bracelets and necklaces she made were practically sold out about halfway through the day. She was pleased with the results and the money.
Over at the American Cancer Society booth, the pricing was what you could afford — a donation. The donations helped the ACS overcome the fundraising loss of Relay For Life, rescheduled for next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rose Bradshaw, who was overseeing the booth, said the response had been terrific.
Back at her booth, Hughes was wheeling and dealing with customers who were sorting through a collection of "man things" at her booth. Hughes was selling tools, HDMI cables and other assorted items. She also had a clear vantage point of Buzzie, who was selling barbecue sandwiches from his trailer. The couple's Kerrville restaurant is closed due to a COVID-19 among the staff, but even that can't slow them down.