I think I can officially say I have the worst craft show story… EVER. I thought my experience at Lake of the Ozarks was bad, but this so-called ‘OLTA craft fair’ really takes the cake. At least at the Lake of the Ozarks, there were people attending the show!
First off, the conditions were horrible. We past the location FOUR times because we never saw a hint of a sign, arrows pointing to a show, nothing. The building was half filled with trash. No assigned spots, it was a ‘set up anywhere’ attitude. People who paid for an outside booth had to walk down an alley of broken bottles and look at a dumpster filled with smelly trash. Musicans played to an empty parking lot. A local microbrewery served only four beers.
A crowd between 4,000 and 6,000 people? Try just the friends and family of the vendors. I felt horrible for the people who drove from KC and Chicago for this event. I felt horrible for little girls cheerleading team who came all excited to perform and found there was no one to watch them.
I normally don’t mouth-off, but the entire situation is wrong, fraudulent and it rests on Don Erickson of Art Co-op, the one who ‘organized’ this event. *sigh* So that was my eventful weekend. Needless to say, I didn’t go back today. Instead, I went our local bead meeting and found comfort with my friends. Gotta take those lows in strides and be confident in what I do. 🙂
So I hope y’alls weekend was way better than mine. Take care!