Hello everyone. My name is Al Scovern and I’ve been digging into the archives of AFI for the past few months, a project that’s been immensely helpful. Many thanks to all of the generous contributors here. I make fast-fired ceramic pots and after many years, to quote another potter, I now own the world’s largest collection of my own work. Unfortunately, this pleases me way more than it does my wife—she got this crazy idea of actually selling the pots which led me, eventually, to AFI. So I find myself with a fairly full schedule of summer and fall shows, with the first one, Artisphere in Greenville SC, about a month away. I feel like we’ve got a lot of the technical stuff down (photography, booth design, tent, and those pesky weights) but on the eve of my first show I’ve got some questions about what will probably seem pretty basic to the veterans, all about load in and set up. Are artists assigned specific load in times or is there a general start time or does it vary from fair to fair? Is there some protocol for doing this, considering what I’m imagining as mayhem with a general start time? Is there some etiquette to this process beyond just remembering that you’re not the most important person on the planet? Are there tips that you can share to make this least painful (eg. arrive early vs wait for the rush to pass). Again, thanks for your help and I look forward to meeting many of you on the road.