Mother Earth News Fair 2013 — A Seller’s Perspective

| 6/7/2013 4:15:00 PM

fair boothWell, it’s official. Another wild weekend at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA. Noooo, it didn’t rain. The weather was pretty decent and the place was packed. I’m pretty sure a good time was had by all. Well – sort of. We had to get up early Friday morning and pack our truck for the 300 mile trip to the fairgrounds, unload again same day, and set up a booth and be out of there by 7:00. What were we going to do for the remaining two hours until we went to bed?

The trip was uneventful except for the stop and go traffic as we got closer to our destination. Where we come from it’s considered busy if you see three cars on the highway on the 20 mile trip to town. Last fall on a Friday night we saw a whole bunch of cars on the highway all at once. We finally figured out it was the Friday night football game between competing tiny towns. They have tiny football teams too.  Not enough people to make a regulation team.

When we got to the hotel to check in I was pleasantly surprised to see they had put a few new concrete stair treads in. Last year they just duct taped the ones that were crumbling. (I’m not making this up. See the picture in last year’s blog. I guess they made enough money from the packed house at last year’s fair to remodel.

We used our big truck because this was a big event so parking was a problem everywhere we went except for the fairgrounds of course. We parked in the Orange parking lot right next to the Purple one. I have to admit, I felt pretty important with my Exhibitor Badge. Last year we hung them around our necks with some kind of organic hemp rope. It was way Granola. This year they used shoelaces with a clever little trick at the ends of the shoestring which kept the string from falling out. Of course that made them useless to re-use in my shoes after the fair was over which I thought was a little tags

We arrived early just in case there were, well, I don’t know why we arrived early. I looked all over for coffee but the one and only coffee stand was NOT going to open until nine which is halfway to noon where I come from. I saw the Blacksmith coming in from outside for coffee and waited around to see if the Barista would make an exception for him. He had a big Bowie knife on his belt but no luck for him either. She was tough.

We had booth 427. It was a corner booth in one of the hundreds of rows of booths. It cost money. I was surprised because I thought I was doing folks a favor just by being there. And I personally think if you can pronounce Puyallup you should get your booth for free anyway but someone higher up the fair chain nixed that idea.

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