Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Day of the Week: Sunday
Weather: Warm with a Breeze
Organization: Before the event, there was plenty of information about load-in, zones, and directions to the event. Staff was available throughout the event to help answer questions and help finding parking. Parking for vendors was extremely close by; I could have unloaded (with a cart) from my parking spot.
Crowd: A bit smaller than advertised. Still, I had enough customers.
Crowd Make-Up: Mostly families, primarily Hispanic.
Booth Fee: $70 for a 10′ x 10′ space
This was a good show, but not a great show. I will probably do it again. I have a feeling that the event will grow as time goes on. The organization of the event was great. I got plenty of information, was directed quite efficiently during the event, and there were no obvious mix-ups of spaces like you find at some shows. They also had done a lot of advertising beforehand.
On the other hand, there was a definite difference between being near the food trucks (lots of people and relatively peaceful) and being near the train station (extremely loud and a much smaller crowd). At least five times during the event, a train came through the fair, blaring its horn and rumbling. It was impossible to hear or even think with the noise it made. I know that the organizers cannot control the train, but they should not put vendors so close to it. It really interfered with sales.
On a more personal note, now that the oppressive summer heat is gone, I am seeing a lot more bees in my tent. They smell the floral essential oils, beeswax, and honey, and flock to me. I love seeing them buzz around the booth. I had one hanging out on my scarf for a few minutes even!
I know that some customers get scared away by them, but I find them soothing. One little boy was in the booth with his mother and he saw a bee on the ground. Instead of having my reaction (joy), he freaked out and stomped it! Then, he and his brother proceeded to watch in fascination as it struggled. I was horrified and heartbroken. Here I was, welcoming the bees and enjoying their company, and he just killed it with no regard for its right to life. It made me feel guilty for having drawn the bees over, however inadvertently.