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The Yellow Daisy Festival was Amazing!  There was so much to see and do and so much beautiful art of all sorts.  I had to keep reminding myself that we were only there to look because I could have gone crazy buying stuff.  I was very impressed with the way everything was set up as well.  There were several food vendors to chose from, like Chick-Fil-A and Sonny's BBQ and many more.  They also had several covered areas and tents to eat under or sit down and relax, as well as a group of picnic tables and of course lots of open grassy field to sit in.  There were 'Johnny On The Spot' outhouses everywhere so you never had far to go to find a bathroom.  The weather was great the entire weekend.  Incoming and Outgoing traffic was very well organized and moved quickly.  The festival area was incredible.  The vendors lined paved paths which looped through a wooded area so you were shaded from the hot sun.  There were people EVERYWHERE!  The place was packed.  I was reminded of the mad shopping rush for the day-after-Thanksgiving-sales except everyone was very polite and courteous here.  It seemed like we were the only ones not toting around some kind of make-shift shopping cart or a stroller stuffed with merchandise and a baby or just handfuls of goodies from the festival.  There was definatley something for everyone at this festival.  We can't wait to apply to be a vendor for next year.  Wish us luck, we're keeping our fingers crossed!

Oh, and one more thing... since the Yellow Daisy Festival is held in Stone Mountain Park in GA, we had to go see the famous Laser Show.  I definately recommend that everyone watch this production if you get a chance.  We had so much fun!  There was great music, an incredible show and even fireworks.

We would like to thank my cousins Tim & Beth for welcoming us into their home and allowing us to stay with them for the weekend.  We had a great time!
 
 
Aubrey and I are leaving tomorrow to attend the 41st Annual 'Yellow Daisy Festival' in Georgia.  Until recently we had never even heard of this festival, but come to find out it has been voted the Nation's #1 Arts & Crafts Show SIX YEARS IN A ROW (Sunshine Artist Magazine).  The festival is held in Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta.  They host more than 500 artists & crafters and average 200,000 visitors over the 4 day period of the festival!  The show runs from Thursday September 10 - Sunday September 13.  We are looking forward to checking it out this year with hopes of applying to become a vendor next year.  I'll let you know how it goes!

Now for the really exciting news...  Aubrey and I got invited to be an exibitor at the 22nd Annual 'Hard Candy Christmas' show!  This famous show features 100 of Western North Carolina's finest artisans.   Each exhibitor is carefully screened to be the best in their field.  We are honored to have been asked to be a part of this event.
The show is held at the Ramsey Center on the Western Carolina University Campus in Cullowhee, NC the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving each year.  It has become 'A Mountain Tradition' and the largest Christmas arts and crafts show in the western part of the state.  To find out more click on the link to the website below:
www.mountainartisans.net

Mark your calendars now to come see us at the 'Hard Candy Christmas' show November 27 & 28 from 10-5 each day.  Admission is only $3 for adults; children under 12 FREE.  Sample delicious apples from Barber's Orchard, have a piece of peppermint candy from Grand Ma's antique candy jar, and find one of a kind gifts and Christmas ornaments.  We look forward to seeing you there!