The Horse Farm's first fundraiser is just three weeks away. Tickets are $1,000 a couple.
Consolidated president Joey Durel has his hopes on raising at least $500,000 at the event. The big day is scheduled for October 25.
Durel has a vision he hopes Lafayette residents are able to see. "We are more likely to attract those sort of businesses that we would like to have here and that will employ our people and our children; so we can continue to grow Lafayette in the way we want Lafayette to grow."
Raising $500,000 dollars is just a starting point. Durel says about $30 million will be needed to turn this into a public park. "There are people in the community who talked about how much they want the horse farm to be preserved, but they're actually putting their money where their mouth is," says Durel. The Master Gardeners Association hosted the farms first event. Durel says on that day businesses reported a 40% increase in sales or at least in the number of customers walking through their doors. "We had people parking by us or by the theatre walking over to grab a cup," says Nathanael Johnson. Johnson is the manager at Johnston Street Java in Lafayette. How Johnson manages business will change as the horse farm gets up and running. "We will try to correlate with what's going on over there to make sure we're ready and prepared, whether it's inventory stock or employees." Saturday, October 27 the gates to the horse farm will open for a free public event, focused on community awareness.