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Another one bites the dust...Do'in Tempe Festival of the Arts Fall 2014

2014 is almost done and so am I (both figuratively and literally). I started this write-up just sit'n in my room after a nice dinner at the Big Fat Greek Restaurant on Mill Ave. in Tempe, AZ waiting for sleep to grab me.

For a more thorough review of this show see my previous posts. And

For the most part things are the same. Although, for this show they tampered with the load in a bit. First, they moved load in up one hour from 9 to 8 PM! Yippee, at least for some folks. More on that in a bit. Secondly, they changed the parade route from entering the show site from the east side of the downtown area to loading in from the northwest end. They keep tinkering with this in order to try to make it easier or maybe it's because Tempe keeps losing land mass to ASU and development. In either case they are trying their best to make it work.

What didn't work for some folks I talked to was waiting in line from 6:30 and not getting on site for several hours after the 8 pm scheduled load in! It wasn't bad for me and a few others who dollied in from another nearby location. I talked to one Photographer/Artist who said that they didn't get in till 10:30 even though they had an 8:00 load in tag. Things generally move along unless someone parks a humongo truck in the narrow lanes and others can't get by, I don't know if this was the case with the late load-iners.

Weather this year was pretty good all things considered. No snow storms driving in, no cold fronts from CA, etc. there was a big rain storm the Wed and Thurs just before we got there but it cleared out the same afternoon just before load-in and the rest of the weekend was comfortable and mild.

Contrary to my last few reports this Sunday was the best day for my sales. Mostly, a lot of lookers the other two days. I fared about the same, maybe a little better, than last years debacle with the PAC 12 game stealing the show.

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Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on December 15, 2014 at 11:44pm

So, will you do this show again Brian?  Good enough to do again or not good enough?

Comment by Christina L. Towell on December 15, 2014 at 10:22am

Thanks, Brian, sounds like you did alright...we appreciate your sharing this review with us and the more comprehensive one as well.

Comment by Brian Billings on December 12, 2014 at 5:23pm

Sorry I didn't see you there. I didn't get there til about 9:00pm on Thursday and I had no issues. I was on Mill near 6th and I was out by 10:30. Sunday was also the day I sold a large painting, other days were just mostly compliments.

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