Happened so fast ! The Maple Ridge County Festival was so much fun! It was more fun to walk around than it was to work. I'm going to come out and just say it:
It was hot.
It was so hot !! We were sweating it out in the 30+ dry heat. I felt bad for the animals but I can say that I saw the handlers doing a great job of trying to keep everyone cool. Fans, water and sprinkled water was everywhere. I felt like a kid, walking around during the down time. Llamas, buffalo,cows, ducklings. Dogs ! The angels of the earth. I will definitely come back on my own terms next year lol ! It was really fun to just walk around in the same space as other living creatures and remind myself of how happy animals make me. I could be really happy on a farm. Truly.
And the Grayhaven Exotic Bird sanctuary was out in full force with their gorgeous birds ! My heart melted. I gave them way to much of my money but it was well deserved and for an incredible cause. But I do not joke when I saw my heart melted. I could have adopted some of the umbrella cockatoos right then and there. My bird would NOT have been happy.
So sometimes we work events and they are great fun but not always the best fit for us. I'm not sure we will work the Maple Ridge County festival again. It did not generate the sales we were hoping for although we got some really awesome leads and met some truly stellar attendees. All the vendors were super fantastic. I think the heat really turned some people around :( Shopping is hard when it is so hot. No one wants to carry around shopping bag, let alone a print. But we live and we learn. All things considered, I'm still really glad we participated. I will definitely come back next year as an attendee ! I genuinely had fun.
Hawaiin shaved ice is my life.