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Yorkfest Festival is coming up on August 23-24 in York Pennsylvania, and yes, we will be there.  We had been hoping for an art fair that would put us out close to Pennsylvania Amish country to visit a dear aunt, so when the jury gave us the thumbs up we were excited.

But i dont know alot about the show, and wonder if you have done it, and what suggestions you might have for the show.  We are located in what seems to be a good spot on the Rails and Trails section, close to the action, near a corner.  

I would really value your feedback.

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Comment by Colleen Williams on August 13, 2014 at 1:17am

Hi Barbara,

By any chance are you referring to "Yorkfest"? It is typically held in York, PA around the third weekend in August, so I have to wonder if you want info on THAT show.

I have done that show and did "okay to slightly-better-than-okay" for the three years that I'd participated. I'd exhibited my line of porcelain jewelry and always had a spot on the grass, close to a sidewalk surrounding the Courthouse. There tends to be decent crowds for the size of the event and I don't really think there is a bad spot, as the show was pretty small. Unexpectedly, I found that some of the folks were not as traditional or conservative as I'd imagined beforehand. They were looking for "different". That was good for me. It drew a loyal, regional audience. I always enjoyed the show as there was good music and it was a little slice of Americana. However, it's a little sleepy (or at least it was) despite the many "events" associated with it. When I relocated farther north, the expenses (with regard to income) were no longer justified, so I dropped it.

My advice: bring predominantly low price points of conservative work and a few highly-priced, unusual pieces for those with more sophisticated tastes...there are a few out there.

I wish you well.

Comment by Bernard Zalon on August 13, 2014 at 9:50am

It depends on what you have, I guess.  I have etchings.  They range from $100-$900.  I did Yorkfest about four years ago.  I didn't do very well.  I was set up along the river.  They have strange little beetle like bugs that look like tanks.  They either drop down from the trees or come up from the ground.  They get all over everything.  I had to make sure I didn't bring any home with me.

Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on August 13, 2014 at 11:10am

Yes, Yorkfest is what I meant, and yes, it is August 23-24th.  

Thank you Colleen and Bernard... your feedback is very much appreciated.  My hand dyed silk can get pricey, but my business partner/husband joins me in the booth with handcrafted soap, which is always a good seller.  I do a very small amount of jewelry, primarily brooches to be worn with the silk scarves i hand dye... and they are usually something noone else has.  So that might be a good thing. 

Comment by Colleen Williams on August 13, 2014 at 2:49pm

Sounds like you have the bases covered, Barbara. It's a very casual show; I hope you enjoy it. I will be interested to hear about how things may have changed since the last time I'd been there.

Comment by Toby Bouder on August 13, 2014 at 4:30pm

Hi, I am a new member here and my wife and I will also be doing this festival. This will be our first time at Yorkfest and hope that it will be successful for all. Barbara, we will look for you there.

Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on August 15, 2014 at 9:42am

sounds great everyone. Thank you Colleen, and i will keep you informed.  And Toby, I will look for you also.  Are you on the Trails, or near the courthouse?  And what is your medium?

Comment by Toby Bouder on August 15, 2014 at 9:56am

Hi Barbara, we are on the trail, RT44, between King st. and Princess st. I make wood turnings and my wife creates pressed flower pictures. Hoping for good weather!

Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on August 15, 2014 at 10:40am

Toby, we are on the trail, i think T22 near the transit station.  Sounds like you have lovely things. Looking forward to it.  Praying this weather report for the next 10 days will change because it looks like the dreaded R word for the weekend.  But its early, and weather does change!!! We will stop and see you.

Comment by Toby Bouder on August 15, 2014 at 11:14am

We are only about 1 1/2 hours from the festival site but decided to stay at the Days Inn to have a more relaxed atmosphere.

Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on August 28, 2014 at 9:35am

Toby, it was nice to meet your wife and yourself.  I am hopeful that your experience was good.  We enjoyed Yorkfest, even through the sprinkle and rain on saturday.  The weekend was attended well, but proportion of attendees to buyers was a little light.  Colleen, sleepy was a good explaination.  Great venue.  We loved being on the rails and trails, and had wonderfully interesting neighbor artists.  We were very close to King street and on the opposite side of the trail from the river.  Yorkfest was well organized, and the volunteers were very enthusiastic.  It is one we will do again if they will have us.  The bonus was spending the weekend with a dear aunt we have not seen in a few years.  She sat with us at our booth on saturday... and it made the day special.    


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