Bands bring music and donations to Butler Backpack Fest – Butler Eagle


A Johnstown-based group, the Platelets, launched Sunday’s Butler Backpack Fest, benefiting the Butler Weekend Backpack Program. Nathan Bottiger/Butler Eagle 08/2022

After a brief spell of rain, the bands headed out to play Sunday night at Pullman Park.

The Butler Backpack Fest used Michelle Krill Memorial Field as a venue and its admissions raised funds for the Butler Weekend Backpack Program.

The Butler Area School District program sends participating children in kindergarten through fifth grade with packaged food in their backpacks to help them stay fed on weekends during the school year.

Some visitors have also dropped off non-perishable food in a designated box nearby.

Destiny Dunbar and Hunter Minteer, both of Butler, came with a group of friends who dropped a bag of groceries in the trash.

“Any group that supports the local community, I try to support them,” Minteer said.

Dunbar said she was excited to see the bands, especially Wave Spy, a band that includes Butler County natives.

“We know some of the members,” she said.

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