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Tails From Ren Faire week 3

"My hobby is petting beaver"- girl petting the sheared and plucked beaver

We got notice that the highway we take to get to faire was shut down so we had to go around KC to get on to the road to go out to faire. This meant a short traffic jam. Thanks to a text we was prepared. Thanks to another text we was prepared for the traffic jam at the back parking lot of the faire as a school was doing there run thing in the park and was backed up for a little. Got to faire and helped set up. got to get a few pictures of the booth and Juhdes booth. Then cannon. Normally 3rd weekends are not busy. This Saturday was not a typical 3rd saturday, We was packed. Front parking lot was full. Normally a sprinkling of rain will make the people head to the door, they actually staid. They all staid and bought tails, My area was packed to the gills at times. They was not buying high dollar items tho. Still not a bad day.

Saturday it was hot. So when the rain finally hit on saturday night we took and got to stand under the porch and stick our heads out and let the cool rain hit our heads and get cooled off. It was a wonderful feeling. This also helped get the dust out of our hair. It felt great. The rain also took and helped cool down the faire on sunday. From one extreme to the other. But it did feel good. Only saw a few friends, but it was good to see the ones that stopped by.

I saw lots of different costumes this week end. i must say, some people use things in different ways than i would think. Pop tops from pop cans was used as the decorative trim on a pirate hat. Saw a few furries, i must say the furries i like the best are the ones that are wearing the skull costumes. Cat, or wolf skulls usually. These make me happy. There was a few guys doing female costumes. They did a good job... except one. To him, i give this advice, the young lady with you would be a great person to teach you make up and style tips. Sold a few different things for peoples costumes that they are making for next year. Should be interesting.

In the years our booth has been doing the faire, it is hard to come up with new come backs to the same questions. "Where did this skull come from?" My answer is "right above the neck of the animal". For years we are asked if we sell hats or other stuff that is made. I had a person on sunday ask "Do you sell raccoon hats?" to which I said "I didn't know that raccoons wore hats" they didn't think this was as funny as I did. The bosses liked it tho. Hard to come up with something new after this many years.

Accidents happen. As we was closing up on saturday the bar we hang the tails on in the booth broke. We just kind of stared at it. Then got the stuff off it. Fixed it in the morning, but man that was not some thing we needed. As we closed up i was taking the skulls off the wall, i took the gemsbok off. This is the one with the long horns that go up. I hate these skull. Don't get me wrong, its a wonderful looking skull, the horns are cool looking, i just hate taking it off the wall. Before i go on, i must tell you this. A guy the boss deals with gets stuff from us and gets it to some one else. He took pictures of the skull wall and sent them to her, she asked for certain ones. So these skulls are now sold. Now i know you can see where this is going. Back to the tails in progress. As i was starting to take the skulls off the wall, the second boss joked to not break the ones that was sold. So i am taking the gemsbok off the wall and the horn knocked one of the other skulls off. yep one of the ones that was sold. Thankfully it was not damaged. But man that was a gut wrenching moment.

On saturday night, the rain came and settled the dust. When we got up there was standing water from the neighbors booth to the face painters across the street. So boss 2 took and spent some time digging a ditch and clearing the drain area at the neighbors booth. So the area in front of the booths is not flooded. One of the neighbors came over to barrow the shovel, they was going to fill in the area that was cleared so the water would drain with mulch. We pointed out the fact the area was cleared to drain the water, they said never mind on the shovel then. We just really like to sell stuff and if you have water in front of your booth, no one will shop. Not a good thing.

I had a conversation with the guy at Judhe's booth. We talked about things and the fact that Judhe was thinking of stopping. he told me that there was a person that like them, has been there for a long time. They told Judhe that she could not quit that she was faire. and this hit on the thing that bothered me about all the people that was/is leaving in our area of faire. The others i would miss seeing them, but i would go on. But that one booth, Judhe's booth is her, she is part of faire. Our booth is part of faire. Our product has been used to decorate places all over faire. Some of the actors come and go, people change what they do out there. But there are a few characters that are faire. Madame Red is such a character out there that she is faire. Faire just would not be the same with out her. The same happens in other parts of our lives.

This concludes this weeks tails.

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