This past weekend, July 18-19, I was in Elizabeth, Colorado for the 23rd annual Elizabeth Celtic Festival. This was the festival's 10th year in Casey Jones Park, and was about as sweet as a festival could be. Although afternoon rains put a bit of a damper on the festivities, Coloradans are pretty stalwart about changeable weather, so there was still plenty of music, food, drink, and sporting going on. The booth location just by the caber toss start spot was rewarding, at least for those of us who find the organized launching of tree trunks entertaining.
I was selling wooden pens, hand colored relief prints, and stained glass. Along with me was Don Dyer with his Naughty Plank & Spoon store, which is woodburning art and hand-carved spoons. We are both getting into making wooden knife handles and wood butter, which is a magic mixture that heals and protects water damaged wooden utensils.
Not 100% sure I'd go back to this festival. It was a lovely festival, but my sales were not so great. It's an out of state show for me, which means there is a lot of travel expenses above and beyond the booth fees, so the economics of it are a little more critical than in local shows. However, if my line changes to something more suited to the demographic, or if I actually spend a few months next summer going to shows all over Colorado, I would definitely go back here.
Probably the lovechild of a three-toed sloth and a busy bee.