Summer Festival tips

I’m super excited for summer because that means it’s summer fiber festival time!  This weekend, I’ll be heading to Wooster, OH for the Great Lakes Fiber Show!  My parents live 45 minutes away, so I’ll be heading there first, then going to the show on Saturday.  I haven’t gone yet, because the last two years I’ve been in a wedding and a funeral, so I couldn’t go.  I missed Black Swap Market Day this year, so I’m making it up to myself and going to the Great Lakes Fiber Show.  Just in time, I got an email from Spin-Off Magazine written by Amy Clark Moore about necessities for summer fiber festivals. Here’s a list of things you will need for the summer festivals:

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat or lightweight jacket*
  • Tote bags for purchases (try to avoid backpacks as they can be cumbersome in booths with tight space)
  • Snacks (granola bars, dried fruit and nuts)
  • Small notebook and pen
  • Address labels (for efficient signing up for mailing lists you want to be on)
  • Money (checks, cash, and debit/credit cards—also decide on your budget before you go and stick to it)
  • Walking shoes (consider that you’ll be walking through mud among other things, perhaps open-toe sandals aren’t the best option)

If you’re traveling with children, look up the festival guidelines on the website—they may have recommendations on strollers.

Don’t take your dog—many festivals prohibit dogs because of the danger they pose to the livestock.

Optional fiber tools if you have room:

  • Small, portable spindle for trying out fibers (See Amelia Garripoli’s article in the Spring 2010 issue for a great rundown on matching spindles to fiber types)
  • Measuring tape
  • Wraps-per-inch gauge
  • Scissors

Is there anything essential that I’ve forgotten? Tell me about it in the comments.

*Instead of a light jacket, consider a sari-like wrap. I have a large silk wrap, the size of a beach towel, that is very versatile for outdoor days when the weather is variable; it provides warmth and protection from wind or sun, can be used as a picnic blanket, but when it isn’t needed it can be folded up into a small square and tucked away—very handy.
With this list, you can go out and enjoy the festivals this summer!

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