Fairhope Art and Craft Festival

I just have to share information on a wonderful art show in Fairhope, Alabama.  It took place the third weekend in March.  There are actually two shows in this wonderful seaside town; one is run by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and the other by Eastern Shore Arts Center.  Same area in the downtown area, just two different organizers.  Both are juried shows. 

We did the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce show.  Set up was the day before on Thursday.  Loved the fact that they stick to their rules across the board; You must show ID to check in and you must be the artist registered.  Also you must keep your tent/product in your 10×12 space, that includes banner and awnings.   First show ever that seems to enforce rules with everyone and not miss their favorites. 

Show was Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Friday was a slow day for us, think we might have come close to booth fee.  Lots of shoppers though and people were buying stuff.  We were at the very end of a row and I really think a lot of people didn’t come down to our area. 

Positive things about Friday were: the Chamber fed us breakfast YAH!  Shrimp grits homemade… delicious. Volunteers were out and helpful and the aisles were full of people even if sales were slow. 

Saturday was slow for us until afternoon when we sold two of our bigger pieces.  Made it comfortable for us though still not incredible.  Weather was ugh as it rained off and on all afternoon. 

About 3 the organizers came in and said they were allowing artists to pack up early with no penalty due to weather… that got us looking at the weather.  The 90% chance of rain had morphed into thunder storms severe at times with wins up to 25mph.  Needless to say we packed up.  Rain I can deal with, but strong winds and thunderstorms no.

Some artists stayed, but on Sunday after the Rest and Relaxation tent blew away they called the show.  I’m glad we packed early as Sunday was bad, rain became 100% with winds up to 44mph, severe thunderstorms and a tornado watch.  We certainly hope that all artists were able to get there stuff packed up safely.  And hope that we can be juried for next year’s show as it was a pretty good show for us in the end and Sunday could have made it a great show. 

We will definitely check out art shows in the area to see if we can’t do a series together… Wonderful town, wonderful people and art buyers too. 


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