Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
The Three Rivers fest is held in beautiful downtown Covington, La and is stretched out over a 5 block area. I like this setup because it makes it easy to visit all the booths withough having to zig-zag through a maze of booths and possible miss something. Not all shows have the advantage of this type of layout due to the show location.
Load in starts at 4:30pm and was a fairly easy load in and setup. With the daylight saving time it became dark early and I was glad I had my trusty Ryobi battery light to brighten things up. If your booth was lucky enough to be near a street light you were ok.
The festival staff and volunteers were great. We were offered bottled water often and frequently asked if we needed anything.
There were several restaurants serving food and drinks as well as a food truck with scrumptioulicious Gumbo...and as always the caramel corn artists.
The weather was fantastic with temperatures in the upper 70's and low humidity. That's the kind of weather anyone can enjoy being out in. Best of all was that since it was held on the street everything was not covered with dust all day...
There was a good balance of work and I didn't notice any wood watches of buy/sell.
The Festival had good crowds pretty much all day SAturday without much slow time and our sales were good. Usually Sunday crowds are anticipated to be smaller but we were pleasantly surprised with a better than usual number of visitors and buyers.
The festival has an excellent party and awards presentation that was held on SAturday night right after closing. In the past it was held on Sunday morning prior to the festival starting.
Load out was not too bad. I was able to use my Ryobi light again. We had to dolly stuff out...but it wasn't that difficult. Definitely one of my favorite shows and I really like Covington. It is special to me because I lived there back in the late 1960's... and it is only a 55 mile drive for me now...