I have to admit I was not prepared for a venue of this size. My first clue was the brochure I was given to navigate the fairgrounds and the list of activities (seminars, entertainment, book signings and exhibitions) that were planned throughout the weekend.
At the entrance to the fair was an exhibit put together by SISTERS ON THE FLY (ihttp://www.sistersonthefly.com/) in conjunction with COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE. As described in the program the “Sisters on the Fly travel the country in customized vintage RV trailers, promoting empowerment and sisterhood through outdoor adventure.”The trailers were decorated and on display along with the merchandise for sale by each individual “Sister”.
The rest of the fair was mostly set inside among the buildings that are on the fairground property. I began my journey in the main facility. I looked over the railing to see a lot of people enjoying a free country music concert.
Another warm-up for what lay ahead! Hand made fabric banners hung at the entrance to another vendor area.The first booth I went to was THE RED DOOR Antiques.(http://www.thereddoorantiques.com/) I immediately saw this adorable foot stool.
There were hundreds of vendors and I was determined to see every one despite the crowds and heat!At Mike and Jodie Roberts’ booth, (firstname.lastname@example.org) I was drawn to the French flair that was displayed by them.
On my way to the next building I saw this dresser. It was so realistic looking with it’s faux painted quilt on top.And speaking of quilts, I had to take a picture of this one, made from pieces of vintage French fabric.Recently, I purchased some half shades for sconces I will be putting in the new house. Coincidentally, to my right was the vendor who made them, Susan Schneider from SHANDELL’S (shandell’s.com)Susan makes all shapes and sizes of lamp shades in lots of fun and pretty paper and parchment. She also offers assorted accessories like this covered match box holder, that she so graciously gave me for being a customer. What makes it extra special is the equestrian theme and quote!I also couldn’t resist taking a picture of her vase full of fresh peonies..
Next to Susan was Chrisie Cordrey of CORDUROY SHOP (www.corduroyshop.com). Chrisie has just launched a new business in Hudson N.Y. which offers a mix of “all things textile”. If you are in her area, please drop in!With about four buildings still ahead of me, I got something cold to drink and continued to browse.
This vendor was a crowd favorite for obvious reasons..
Mike has to be one of the most talented and humble craftsman I have ever met. One by one, in his workshop, he creates these amazing pieces of functional art..
Mike also displays a horse in the construction phase, allowing the customer to see and appreciate the long process of layering and hand carving his blend of woods. Each one is completely custom and even has a real mini saddle!
What country fair wouldn’t be complete without farm animals?
Especially the ones you don’t have to feed! There were cows..
to pigs..and of course, a horse!Thank you, COUNTRY LIVING for putting together such a great event!