In September 1996, KVMR broadcaster and volunteer Jenny Michael found herself in a tiny merchandise booth at the very first KVMR Celtic Festival. She and then-festival producer Karen Carchidi did the best they could as a crowd double or maybe even triple the Nevada City radio station's expectations showed up....and wanted to buy stuff.
Their cigar box was overflowing with money, some of it falling onto the booth's floor, so many sales were being made.
"It was chaos," recalls Michael. "We were operating by the seat of our pants."