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Three Rivers Art Festival ...Covington, LA

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...

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Comment by Connie Mettler on November 22, 2016 at 3:12pm

I just found this link from NOLA about the event with interesting interviews with some of the prizewinners (many recognizable names, including one from my backyard, perennial prizewinners from across the country). Seems there were a bunch of first time exhibitors at Covington. Do you know any of these people?

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on November 21, 2016 at 11:29pm

Thanks for the good review Greg.  I think many needed to see that someone had a good show after this election was over. 

I also like your photo at the end of your post.  Cute.

Comment by Joel Lockridge on November 20, 2016 at 8:55am

I was there as well! It turned out to be a middle-of-the-road show sales-wise, but the easy load-in/out, friendly people, and good volunteers made this one a show I'll return to again!

Comment by Greg Little on November 16, 2016 at 12:21pm

Connie...we sure did make some good money. Now that the election is over people cannot use the Election Year excuse anymore. I look forward to more and more good times and good shows.

Comment by Connie Mettler on November 16, 2016 at 11:04am

So glad you went, Marge! We just have to have faith. I'm happy for you and it foretells fine times ahead. Think I have to put this on my calendar for a visit to Louisiana. Sounds like so much fun and the crowds were there and the food was good, you sold art ... how about you Greg. Make any money?

Comment by marge luttrell on November 16, 2016 at 10:36am

BEST DAMN BLOODY MARYS IN THE SOUTH!!!! I had a wonderful show.......It's one of the MANY reasons I love this show....Crowds were great...people are super friendly and weren't afraid to spend ( I was kind of worried about that). Sarada, the director is super organized and it's as smooth as silk setting up and breaking down....The party had one of the best bands I have heard in a long and drinks were great too.  I had an above average show and love being in the food, drinks and company in the South. Class Act Show!

Comment by Christina L. Towell on November 16, 2016 at 9:29am

Good review, Greg, I haven't been to Louisiana in quite some time and I love hearing about it, especially the wonderful food.  Thanks for your recap, glad you did well and had a good time.

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