Pea Ridge Arts Festival
Sunday- The day after
I just got finished spending a good 5 minutes looking for the cheese grater. You know the old fashioned kind that people are doing all kinds of crafty things with like making hanging up and making lights out of. I almost called my son and asked him if he had "borrowed" it and not brought it back or put it up somewhere I couldn't find it. When my husband called, after leaving the store, I was telling him I couldn't find it anywhere, so basically the pimento cheese I was making for lunch (he was starving) was an issue, and he was turning around to go back to the store, I realized that I DON'T OWN THAT TYPE OF GRATER!!!! There in front of me is a flat one his grandmother gave me and it stands up in my knife bowl. Or at least it did until the handle broke. Yea I'm a little tired today. But pimento cheese is now made.
Saturday- 7:15AM. I arrived to receive my location of my tent space. My friend Faye Wells and I set out to get every thing set up. The festival was held on the court house lawn, under the big, beautiful, old shady trees. My space was one of the few NOT under a tree. Other than that, It was a great day. An hour and a half later we had thing set up and drove the car to find the biggest ice cold drink at the local Chevron we could and to park the car in the designated area. We were so hot we didn't even care that we had left the prized artwork completely unguarded in the tent.
When we returned we tried to cool off but without much luck. We spent the day greeting the wonderful people of Marion County who were very supportive of this great event. I worked on a painting where I used the drip method. I enjoyed telling everyone watching, that even the flowers were sweating. That gave us all something to laugh about. I gave the painting to Faye at the end of the day. She earned it, believe me.
Tracy, (my husband) waited in Forsyth to pick up my clothing order and bring it to me. I was so grateful because as soon as he got there, I had a sale. He actually enjoyed the day as well and was able to talk to an author who wrote a history book, which of course he bought.
The vendors at this festival are all artisans of some type offering either hand crafted items or items that have been redone (like furniture). This festival reminded me of the ones that we used to see long ago. It is a juried event which means the Columbus Art Department meets to approve pictures of your work that are sent in with your application. They don't allow junk.
I enjoyed taking to the artist when I did take a few minutes in the afternoon to walk around and meet some of them. All ages from college students to those who were able to tell many stories. Great times. I will go again if I can. You should try to visit. I learned some things from this festival just like I did the last one. I am still thinking on them though. I will share my list at a later date. I'm still thinking....
They also have shuttles to Pasaquan... Look it up. It would be worth the trip.