Monday, June 7, 2010

Whether to weather the weather....

Part of being in this business is doing art/craft shows, where you have a chance to meet customers "face to face", and enjoy this interaction. This time of year, many of the successful shows are outdoors....and cause the exhibitor to constantly refer to the "Weather Channel" the week of the show, praying for a favorable forecast.
I have attended a wonderful show as an exhibitor for many years, but the last few years, I have not applied, simply because of the weather "drama" that might occur. We have had wonderful weather, and sunny skies for most of the years. Occasionally, there have been big deal....and at times, there has been horrific weather that causes a huge "mess" in terms of mud, puddles, keeping wares from harm's way, but still manages to draw those people who enjoy the show. This year was one of those years...but worse. Thankfully, Saturday was a great day for my friends who were exhibiting....big crowds, great weather, and good sales. As I worked on my yard chores here at home, I was wishing that I had been there, too, at least as a buyer. However, Saturday night proved to be an evening of warnings of extreme weather. Nobody would have been in the park at that time, and vendors had been warned about the possibility of severe weather. The result that this weather caused the show to be cancelled the next day, and organizers and vendors struggled with the problems that remained, mostly the damage caused by wind and rain. A difficult situation for everyone...but thankfully, they had had record crowds the day before, and a successful show. Still, a shame for vendors and organizers alike.
Follow this link to see the aftermath of the storm....also, readers of this particular newspaper have sent in photos as well, so be sure to have a look at those. Hoping that vendors did not suffer too much damage, and that the remaining summer events remain "weather-drama" free!


  1. That's awful! It has happened to all of us at one time or another when we have participated in an outdoor art show. My tent blew across the field.... But, the fun and success of most of the shows and the great people you meet usually makes the weather a secondary consideration. And it always accounts for a memorable story.

  2. It must have been awful for them. I have been there in terrible storms, but thankfully, nothing like this, and most of the time, in glorious weather. It is a great show....and the organizers are amazing! Just difficult to handle a tent, products, etc. unless you bring help!

  3. Hi Friend and Sister, just catching up on your blog re last Saturday's storm. Sarnia's Artwalk was also severly affected. A hugely successful day on Saturday, but the nighttime winds and rain caused enough havoc to have Sunday's events cancelled.

  4. Glad that the Saturday was a great day for people at Artwalk, particularly Jill! Too bad about Sunday....the joy of outdoor shows!