Thursday, September 04, 2008

Puyallup Fair 2008


I set up my dispay at the Puyallup Fair Tuesday. It is located in the Artists in Action space, which is on the ground floor under the Grandstand. We have a little handcrafted artisan boutique -- a mix of pottery, fiber arts, painting, basketry, jewelry, clothing and a bunch of other stuff, which is my category.

New at my display this year: my brand new bags from India arrived this morning, so there is a new variety of gift bags - some with just a soap and scrubbie, some with the addition of the cool back scrubber brush. Also new is lip balm. I've made the little tins of lip balm in lots of yummy flavors for years. But I was hesitant to bring them to the fair because they are so small, and stealable, and hard to price and pack for the masses. For this year's show they are packaged in sleeves of 5 tins, a variety of flavors, even the new fall ones - carrot cake, chocolate mint and pumpkin pie. I've also brought singles in the round english screw top tins - cupcake flavor only - in case somebody just needs one and not the whole variety pack.

Anyway, I wanted to post the details on the Puyallup Fair gig, in case anyone's headed over there in the next two weeks. It's like the biggest thing that happens all year for some folks, even if they are just going one night for an onion burger and a concert. Lots of great entertainment in the line up.

Puyallup Fair

The Fair is open September 5th through the 21st. Sunday through Thursday 10am-10pm. Fridays and Saturdays 10am -11pm. Yes, it opens tomorrow. And it's free admission from 10am-noon tomorrow. Tip: most people line up super early before work, get through the gate and get their hand stamped, then head off to work for the usual routine. Then they come back later for dinner and rides and whatever else on Friday evening. So that's the insider's way to work free Friday. The weekend starts the rodeo which kicks things off in case you want to stalk some cute cowboys.

I am a part of the "Artists in Action" area, which is in the Merchants Building -- the lower level of the Grandstand, at the west end, next to the Fisher Scone windows. It's a boutique style craft show, with lots of pottery and fiber arts, demos every day with artists demonstrating their techniques and craft. It's a central cashier style thing, with all of us artists in baseball caps milling around on the floor, meeting and greeting our guests. Oh, and stuffing our faces with fair burgers, scones, chili cheese fries and um, greasy type stuff during our breaks. Yipes.

The website (www.thefair.com) has more info about maps, directions, parking, concert and event schedules, ways to get discounted tickets, the works.