Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dayton, Tennessee Pumkin Festival

I guess for this show, I am going to make a list of the reasons I won't do this festival again.

First of all, the organizers of the show put my booth right across from another face painting booth selling the exact same items.  After we duked it out with some of our pirate swords, we decided to make friends.  Well, this bond increased as one of the "not for profit" booths had FREE face painting.  They were hawking their service around the perimeter of the festival, which almost completely wiped out  both of our services, execept for those that wanted a "real" work of art on their bodies.  At least we had other children's novelties to sell.

Second, the bathroom situation was to be desisred.  They offered the court house as a potty option. Imagine a clown quietly walking down the huge old courthouse hallway.  Hmmm, maybe  that wasn't so unique afterall.  But, it gets worse.  The festival ran until 10 p.m., the court house doors were locked at 8 p.m.  That might be okay for those that didn't drink anything all day, but for a lot of us, that didn't apply.  While searching for a latrine, I almost talked myself into using the bushes.  But on second thought, I invisioned some child spotting a clown squatting behind a tree.   Oh, the horrors!  Finally, one of the security people told me about a bathroom that was almost a block away behind a small park.  Relief at last.

Third on my list was the parking situation.  Well, maybe no one had much control over that, but the only option was having your vehicle parked a couple of blocks away, and having to haul boxes of product, along with two canopies that far.  George felt like a pack mule.

There were lots of people there, dressed in costume, which was kind of festive, but everyone was after a "treat" not spending any money. 

On the positive side, the weather wasn't as bad as it was predicted to be.  Rather cold, but no rain to speak of. 

Well, this is our last show of this year.  Time to rest and take a new look at next year's festivals, remember all the fun people we met throughout the year, and all the faces we made smile.  I even have pictures of some of them!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

October Sky Festival, Oliver Springs

Well, this festival was a wet and soggy one indeed.  We got soaked to the skin on Friday, packed up early because the ground was so soggy we were ankle deep in water and mud. Day two, Saturday, it was cold and cloudy, but no rain.  Sales were slow to nothing on Friday and by noon on Saturday, we had taken in $3. Then around 2 p.m. another face painter swooped in with a bigger sign, set up closer to the entrance point, and grabbed a lot of kids, then swooped back out around 3:30.  There was supposed to be kid's activities, i.e. a climbing wall, beyond where we were set up, but they never showed up.  I was supposed to be the only face painter.  I don't want to judge this show by what the weather might have affected, but it's not one I will put on my calendar for next year unless I'm desperate for punishment.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cleveland Apple Festival

The Cleveland Apple Festival, in Cleveland, Tennessee is a very busy event. This year, it was rather windy, cloudy, and cold.  The people still came out, but our sales were down.  I had to wear gloves to paint faces!  Kids were bundled in their jackets, hoodies, knit caps, and mittens.  Here's a picture of one little dalmation.  I didn't get her name, but she was a cutie. Next stop, this weekend at Oliver Springs October Sky Festival, then to Dayton, Tennessee, on October 30, 31 at their Pumpkin Festival.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Allardt Pumkin Festival

The festival to beat all small town festivals!  This was our first time in Allardt, Tennessee.  We signed up and was very impressed.  I must have painted every child in the county....twice.  My line didn't stop from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  I was famished and exhausted.  But, I had lots of fun meeting kids and their parents.  A nicer bunch of people I've never met.  The children in this community were well behaved, mannerly, and cute to boot!!!  Oh yeah, and the pumkins are HUGE!   Here's George (Yo Yo) playing with his balloons.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pet Peave

Vendors that don't stay within their alloted spots take an unfair advantage over those that do.  A couple of feet for signage, I can understand....but 10 feet into the walkway and rerouting traffic around other vendors?  Shame on you. 


We just finished the Carry Nation Festival this weekend in Holly, Michigan.  Had lots of fun. 

A Flint Journal photographer caught me and George working hard to make kids smile. It made the second page of Sunday's paper!! That's Hanna Moore, age 5, in the model chair.

See you at Diehl's Orchard (in Rose Center, near Holly) on Sept 26 & 27th.  Hay Rides, pony rides, lots of cider and donuts, LOTS of arts and crafts, and of course Face Painting Plus.

Then it's off to Tennessee to do the Allardt Pumpkin Festival and Cleveland Apple Festival!