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By Steven Spencer
Jersey County Journa;
The Trinity River Festival made the move to Kampsville for two nights of camping and music at the McCully Heritage Project over the weekend.
The annual musical festival featured over 20 bands with the proceeds going to the Trinity’s Way, the non-profit created by friends and family of Trinity Buel dedicated to serving animals and the environment.
“It’s something we know that Trinity would love,” Riana Schlueter, a friend of Trinity and member of Trinity’s Way said. “We decided to change the venue from the VFW in Cottage Hills to here because camping has always been a big part of the mission for the festival.”
In addition to growing the festival to include camping, the move also provided Trinity’s Way to work closely with a non-profit with a similar mission as their own.
“We’re really attracted to their mission of environmental education and preservation and conservation since our mission is to help other animal and environmental related non-profits,” Trinity’s mother April Gray said. “It made sense to move from where we were to somewhere that really fit better overall with what we hope to accomplish.”
“McCully also matches our mission, they’re a non-profit, and we’re donating our money to spend the time here and they’ve been so kind and welcoming to us. I feel like all of our questions were answered with a “yes.” It was really nice to work with McCully,” Amanda Clark, a friend of Trinity’s and member of Trinity’s Way said. “It’s really beautiful out here.”
Over the years, Trinity’s Way has been able to help raise thousands of dollars for local animal shelters and wildlife organizations, as well as donate hundreds of pounds to food animal shelters and help improve the local environment with litter cleanups.
“It was really important when we started Trinity’s Way that it was something that continued to keep growing and that would bring Trinity’s friends in and get them involved,” Gray said. “From the very beginning it was something that we knew if we could grow it and get her peers involved it would just keep expanding.”
Steven Spencer/Calhoun News-Herald
Trinity’s Way said making the move to McCully felt right with similar missions between the two organizations including environmental education and preservation.