Home from People’s Choice…tired but happy!

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!!

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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.

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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!! Smile

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Landscapers come in and put up displays—these are in front of our booth….they are dismantled after the show….

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Then the vendors..everything from pottery,to leather, paintings, metal sculpture, clothing, clay, glass, jewelry, and carvings….

My booth….

 

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furniture…

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pottery…

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Our besties, Gloria and John…santa carvers—John carves and Gloria paints the pieces….

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    Their bunnies….

 

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Shoppers come from all over…some by train….

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by tank……..(display at the museum )

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by motorcycle…..

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and by….what the heck is THAT!?!

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Even by covered wagon!!!  Smile

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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….

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and here is the gorgeous needle punch pocket I got!!  SOOO happy!!

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Ahhhh….Gloria and my treat almost every day—chocolate dipped frozen cheesecake! YUM!!  The food court has virtually anything you could want to eat…

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We had many wonderful visitors…including sweet Annie who cooled her tummy in my booth….

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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 ….

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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…

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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

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18 comments on “Home from People’s Choice…tired but happy!

  1. marly says:

    Wow what a great setup. I always get lost in Shaker Woods – wish that was in a circle! Your exchange is fantastic and she got a real prize too. Congrats on another great show!

  2. Steph says:

    Wow Jan. What a great post. I love all the means of transportation. Especially that tandom bike pulling the dog. That is so funny. What a long show and so many miles. I bet you want to sleep for a few days now:) It looks like a lot of fun though. Reminds me of the County Fair. I bet you get an eye full while you work. I think it’s a great idea to trade with other vendors. I love your new pocket. Good choice. If I went to a show to sell, I would be running around trying to trade instead. I don’t think I would make a lot of money. Ha ha. Thanks for sharing your adventures. I was about to e-mail you since it’s been a while since I heard from you. Then I got up this morning to see you made a post. Glad to see that you are busy, but happy. Have a great day. -Steph-

    • Hi Steph! PC is a very good show with something for everyone–it even has bouncy houses for kids, a kids art show, and a greyhound rescue center. It is also a seriously good art show that attracts a lot of shoppers. I was amazed how far behind I got by being away for 5 days!! Have a happy week!–Jan

  3. Karen says:

    My goodness Jan this must be a very profitable show making all those trips! You set up looks wonderful and wow, the whole thing looks so very well organized and thought out. How fun!
    Blessings,
    Karen

    • Hi Karen–PC is pretty much the perfect show–run by vendors. It is an extremely profitable show for us, but very expensive to do…mainly because it is a big event week at State College so hotels are through the roof! It IS a lot of fun because it is the first show of the year where we’re together with a lot of friends.
      Thanks for stopping by!–Jan

  4. Carmen says:

    Looks like a wonderful show! Glad you did well!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  5. quilt32 says:

    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog and for introducing me to yours. I would love to visit that wonderful festival some day.
    Lillian
    lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

  6. betty crowe says:

    Can’t imagine how tired you were making all of those trips. Hope you sold so much you didn’t have to do that going home.

    • Hi Betty–yes, this show is exhausting, but very good and it is well worth it in the end! I always joke with Al that if we don’t sell enough, he’ll have to tie me to the van roof like a deer!! :)–Jan

  7. Janet says:

    Wow! Jan what a great post. I love all the pictures. Your booth looks great.

    And all those modes of transportation, so cool. 🙂

    I am glad it went well. I think I would need a vacation after a show like that one. I have never done one that is for that many days and hours. Whew, makes me tired just thinking about it. lol

    Thank you for your comment on my post about mom and for your prayers. Mom is doing great today. I posted an update if you’d like to go check it out.

    Have a great day. Take care, Janet W

  8. Goedele says:

    I’m happy for you that the show was such a success! I can imagine how tiring it was.

    Goedele

  9. christine says:

    Hi Jan! Just home from our trip and getting caught up on everyones blogs!
    Would have loved to have been able to gt to a show like that as it looks fantastic – and the food alone would do it for me!haha!

    So glad it worked out well for you!
    Have fun!
    Christine

    • Hi Christine! Read your blog–sounds like you enjoyed your trip! I wanna see all the goodies you got!! 🙂 Yeah, the food did it for me too–especially the frozen cheesecake. (the doctor’s scale today was a painful experience for both Al and me! ) 🙂 –Jan

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