Monday, September 22, 2008

On Sunday we had a booth at the West Islip Country Fair, our last venue this season. We will be heading for Florida in a little more than a month, and I hope to continue to sell my work to people who contact me through my website.

The West Islip Country Fair is a community event that has a long history, and it certainly brings out the crowds. Vendor setup was supposed to begin at 7:00 A.M., with the fair opeining at 11:00 A.M. When we arrived at 7:30 most of the vendors were already set up. They obviously knew something we didn't — which was that fair visitors arrive early. By 9:00 the crowds were beginning to arrive, and the aisles were packed for the rest of the day. My only regret was that West Islip was the same day as Cow Harbor in Northport, which had to I miss! Expand the post for more photos.

As always, it was because of Eddie's hard work that I had a booth. We were assisted in our setup by two West Islip High School students — volunteers who were earning service credit.

Our helpers were really were a big help!

A visitor to our booth during the heat of the day.

No pirates at West Islip, but they did have clowns.

Of the 300 vendors, at least half of them must have been selling decorations for Halloween. Across from us they had a two-part booth, half for Christmas and half for Halloween. By the mid-afternoon the Halloween side was almost empty. I can't image how many Halloween light posts they sold!

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