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First of all the weather was perfect for this show after so many years of wind, and rain.  The crowds were huge, and they seem to be buying.  This year they had a lot of portopotties which was good.   Three of the parks were filled with artists.  Wilbur park where the fine arts was,  was about 1/2 full, from other years,   The biggest problem with this show is all the buy/sell.   Someone a year ago who reviewed this show said it was walmartized, and were they ever right.  There was a LOT of buy/sell.     Had several customers who come every year ask me where the ART was.   I guess they walked two of the parks and was wondering where the real art was.  I was flanked by ceramics, so i knew of at least 5 booths that had real art done by the person in the booth doing it.

My neighbor across from me, left the show on Sat. night.   Yeas there were bags in peoples hands.  I heard also that parking was expensive   $10.00 to park in someone's driveway and that Boulder city had parking for 10.00 and they would bus the people to the show.   Years ago it was free then last year it was 4.00  so times have changed.  The one good thing about the show is the prices of show, jury fee have not gone up   (knock on wood)

Finally, yes i would go back,   I seem to have a following of customers who look for me every year.  And i did ok for that weekend.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on October 19, 2012 at 11:44am

You just never know where you can make a sale, do you, Steve? This sounds less than ideal for an "art show", but obviously that is not the thrust of the event. The dumbing down and walmartizing of shows is not good for any of us, but I've noticed this is a less than ideal world. Hope your next show brings you good sales also.

Comment by Kathleen J. Clausen on October 18, 2012 at 4:24am

Aren't return customers a blessing? Glad that your following helped you through this show.

Comment by steve appel on October 17, 2012 at 3:32pm
Your choice I give them credit for a lot of advertising and sat was packed sun a little less but I did better on sun than sat
Comment by S Brian Berkun on October 17, 2012 at 3:10pm

Glad I dodged the bullet and didn't apply for the show this year. Did it last year, was miserably hot, no "crowds" to speak of and very little buying!

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