Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nikki Stays In The Office and Dave Travels To Fort Wayne

Dave, my husband got to work the Fort Wayne show.  Nikki stayed in the office to get the show contracts out to the exhibitors for 2010.  Dave loves to travel and thoroughly enjoys visiting with the exhibitors and patrons.   

We anticipated rain for the Fort Wayne show, yet not a drop fell.  It was cold however, low 40’s.  We enjoyed sunny days with some wind and cloudy skies.  The changing colors of the leaves danced on the tree limbs in the parking lot.  Many of the exhibitors wore their heavy coats and hoods to set-up.

Greg from Marco’s Paper rolled into the Coliseum first to set-up.  Trucks, trailers, vans and compact cars loaded with treasures were emptied Friday to create a shopping paradise for all our customers.  It never ceases to amaze me the number of hours it takes to set-up a show. Then, after the show, in just two hours, how empty the hall will be again. 

Friday we offered classes to students covering all sorts of coloring techniques and card making.  Darlene of Stampland, Zana of Stamp Zia, Beth of Endless Creations and Sandy Hulsart, a Copic certified instructor.  Dave let me leave the show floor so I could take the Copic Class.  I learned a great deal from Sandy and now I need to practice and fine tune my skills.  Nikki and I will learn together during our lunch break as I show her what Sandy taught in the class. 

Dave was very impressed with Zana’s Design & Treasure project for the Friday night class.  We used crayons, ink and a scraping technique to create a beautiful piece of art.  Here is a picture of some of the completed projects.  Unfortunately the picture doesn’t give you the texture detail.  The tiles have a mosaic feel.  Dave wants to make a large piece of art for our home using this technique and I’m looking forward to working on it with him.

Saturday morning we had a good crowd come out for the show and enjoyed a steady stream through most of the afternoon.  Due to the chilly weather folks were dressed in warm seasonal clothing.  Here is a picture of three gals wearing festive fall tops.  Even though we were inside all day we got to enjoy the autumn colors displayed on the outfits of our patrons.  Thanks for the donning the festive harvest attire.

Congratulations to our winners!
We had lots of winners during the Festival.  Here is the list of names drawn from the tub of postcards.  Deb Long, Fran Dutton  Louise Truex, Karen Gumbert, V. Halac, Lyn Morningstar, Donnoa Jones, Molly Mekus, Erin Weebel, Kathy Merrett, Kelsey Mullen, Vicki Luebke, Susan Yee, Penny Snyder, Jodi Mook, Sheryl Penland, Chandra Carpenter, Janet Leslie, Melinda Miller, Mildred Wagner, Joan Lewis, Renee Vsetula, Lexi Rabel, Marlene Volkert, Kathy Newton, Barb Marlen, Elaine McClure, Loretta Ritchie and Deanna Stuckey.

We want to thank all the companies that donated prizes.  We appreciate their generous support of our Festival events.

Another Stamp Co., DeNami Design, Endless Creations, Gary M. Burlin & Co., Lost Coast Designs, PK Glitz, Polly’s Pals, Scrap-Mart, Scrap-A-Holic, Stamp On It, Stampland, The Happy Scrapper, TooMuchFun RubberStamps, Stampendous, JudiKins, RubberStampMadness, Clearsnap, and Stampington & Co.

The ATC Contest theme for Fort Wayne was: “Queen for a day!”

Our Saturday Winner is Kathie Williams.  Each of our daily winners were inspired by Halloween.  On Sunday, Debbie Herrick won with her Scream Queen ATC.  Congratulations girls!  Each of them won Rubber Bucks donated by Heirloom Productions to spend at the show with the exhibitors.  It’s always fun to pick your prize.

On Saturday, the local CBS station interviewed Dave and featured our Festival on the 7 p.m. news. 

We’re looking forward to returning to Fort Wayne October 2 & 3, 2010.  We will be at a new location, the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne, IN  46818. 

Dave and I took a peek at the facilities, there, before flying home, and found the folks to be very helpful and the location easy to get to.  It’s only 5-10 minutes from the Coliseum.  FREE parking!!!  We’ll keep you posted as the show approaches.

 We appreciate you all coming out and making the Festival a wonderful time for everyone.  Please mark your calendars for next year.

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