Hi everyone! We finally got home last night from our show about 10:30 after a brutal five days. This show, called People’s Choice Festival, runs from Thursday through Sunday. It is located in Boalsburg Pa. at the Military Museum which is very near State College Pa. The show’s hours are long—10 to 8 for Thursday , Friday, and Saturday, and 12 to 5 for Sunday. It’s a wonderful show and we have been taking two vanloads for the last few years. We drive early Wednesday with our tent, display, and load of product, then go back home to load up a second time. Then we drive back straight to the hotel…getting there about 11 at night. That’s three trips of 180 miles each on Wednesday!! At least the journey is pretty!!
This show covers a large area—200 vendors with single frontage for each—laid out in a huge circle with an entertainment stage on each end. A large and varied food court is on the south end and children’s activities are in the center.
The entertainment varies from belly dancing to magic, to different music—bluegrass, country, celtic, gospel, 50’s rock ‘n roll (Bill Haley and the Comets ) , to instrumental—MOST of it is great!!
Landscapers come in and put up displays—these are in front of our booth….they are dismantled after the show….
Then the vendors..everything from pottery,to leather, paintings, metal sculpture, clothing, clay, glass, jewelry, and carvings….
Our besties, Gloria and John…santa carvers—John carves and Gloria paints the pieces….
Shoppers come from all over…some by train….
by tank……..(display at the museum )
and by….what the heck is THAT!?!
Even by covered wagon!!!
If you remember ,ar our last show, another vendor (Coleen ) and I agreed to a swap—she needed a sign for her booth, and I loved EVERYTHING in her booth! Here’s her sign that she picked up at this show….
and here is the gorgeous needle punch pocket I got!! SOOO happy!!
Ahhhh….Gloria and my treat almost every day—chocolate dipped frozen cheesecake! YUM!! The food court has virtually anything you could want to eat…
We had many wonderful visitors…including sweet Annie who cooled her tummy in my booth….
This visitor came incognito as a pirate!! ……….we have come to know many customers at this show and it is so gratifying when they come in to see what is new…I even get a lot of custom orders for folk art here ….
Golf carts gave people rides around the show when they were tired or needed help getting around…even to haul purchases to cars—the fellow in the tophat runs the show…
This show is one of my biggest of the year and is one we always look forward to even though it is brutally tiring . It is open only to Pennsylvania artists and is run by an artist committee and artist volunteers. Despite the awful heat and humidity, this year we were up. Wonderful sales, food, neighbors, and friends. Tomorrow we are off to buy lumber to start all over again…we were pleased that all the new designs were successful. So, one more under our belt!…on to the next..a small, but nice two day show in New York.
I hope you enjoyed the tour—the show was fun because we get to see a lot of good friends! Have a happy week!–Jan