Here are some of the things I did right.....
- It was rainy and cold and it was MUDDY. Not even thinking about those things, I took an outdoor rug that we use when we go camping. My intent was to make it look "nice." It did look nice and....... it kept my booth from becoming a mud pit which happened to some other vendors. Making a list for future reference....... take rug ...... Check!
- I took along a small bale of straw in case I needed it. I figured the Chamber would provide straw and they did. If I didn't need it the bale would go home and become part of the Halloween decorations. Friday, my cousin used it as a foot rest and Saturday morning we had to break it open and spread it around. (There is a ton of straw in that little bale.) The Chamber was running out of straw and I was afraid we wouldn't get any. Our straw was very pretty and bright compared to regular hay. We told customers that it was "designer" hay. Another good idea..... Check!
- Besides the rain and cold, we had wind. At times it was a very gusty wind. I took my faux leather displays and my cardboard flocked displays. ( I fully intended to use the cardboard ones until I ran out of room.) In the long run I'm glad I didn't. They would have been blowing all over the place. Only one of the other displays got knocked off and that's because I had it setting up high on a column. Next year...... only take the good sturdy displays. Check! (But be prepared to dust them all when they are back in the studio......... outdoor festivals can be dirty!