The Proctor Arts Fest is a juried Arts & Crafts Show in Tacoma, WA. Since moving to Orting a year and a half ago, I am slowly figuring out which Arts & Crafts shows are the best venues for my product line. It's a process of doing my own research, and speaking with other artist/vendors about shows in the area. One of my new friends, that I met while vending at the Puyallup Farmer's Market, told me a couple of months ago about the Proctor event and what a great venue it was. When I learned of it, the deadline for applying had passed. But, I sent an email to the vendor coordinator asking if perhaps there was still an opening. I received a reply saying that they were in fact filled for this year. I could be put on a waiting list should someone cancel, so I replied back that, yes, I would like to be on the waiting list.
The date of the show was August 4th. By last weekend I had put the thought that I might still have a chance to participate out of my mind. And then Tuesday. Well, Tuesday afternoon I received an email that they had an opening for me if I would still like to participate. I checked with my husband before responding as it would mean giving up my two days off with him mid-week so that I could sew and prepare for the show. He was all for me getting ready for this show. He knew how excited I was to be able to attend it.
Tuesday through Friday was a whirlwind of cutting and sewing, and not much else.
I arrived at the venue early Saturday morning and set up my booth.
At 10:00 a.m. people started showing up. By 10:30 I had made my booth fee. (That's always a big sigh of relief for vendors). The crowds continued to grow through the afternoon heat, and it turned out to be one of my best experiences at a show yet!
I was just down the street from the main stage where the music was upbeat, loud, and fun, and created a festive mood. I think my favorite band of the day was The Shy Boys. Just really fun music!
Despite the 88 degreee heat, in my seven years of setting up at shows, this was by far one of my best experiences at a festival. I am hoping to be able to participate again next year.
I've added a few more photos from the show here: XSBaggage & Co. on Flickr.