The little grist mill that won’t quit is not staying home this weekend, even though it was dropped from the Rhode Island vendors at the Big E fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
Instead, Kenyon’s Grist Mill from South Kingstown is at the Durham Agricultural Fair in Durham, Connecticut.
Kenyon’s owner Paul Drumm told NBC 10 News, “It will help me make some revenue right now, in order to help out. You know, obviously we’re a small business I have to call it less than a small business, we’re a tiny business. You know doing corn meal and Johnnycake meal and pancake mixes and stuff.”
He won’t see as many customers in Connecticut as he has over the years at the Big E, but he needs the income.
“The Big E for us has always been, participating in the Rhode Island building specifically, has always been the thing that keep our head above water, and made us get through the year,” Drumm said.
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation decides who gets into the building at the Big E, and said this year, it opened up the process to more vendors from the Ocean State.
Kenyon’s didn’t make the cut.
Drumm said the state owes him money for the equipment he installed at the fairground.
The state disagrees, but is meeting with him on Tuesday.
“They’re supposed to come visit tomorrow. I don’t know what’s going to happen with that. My big push on that is to find out whether they’re going to pay me for my equipment,” Drumm told NBC10 News.
The Commerce Corporation said it hopes to be able to help him with his business, so it isn’t dependent on twelve days of sales at one fair.