I had been trying to get into the Covered Bridge festival for several years. Thousands upon thousands of people attend the event and several of my vendor friends told me that it would be a good show. In the spring, I received my acceptance. I was so excited! Throughout the summer I worked on building my stock levels in anticipation of selling lots and lots of vases.
When I received my booth number I was a little concerned about my location because it was marked 'New' on the map. The festival had been growing over the years and several new areas had been added to accommodate more vendors. My location was a bit out of the way with no other vendors across from my row (just a parking lot of vendor trailers).
My daughter came to help out for the first three days. In fact, I took her out of school for two days so that she could work with me. At just 12 years old, she is the best helper! She has worked several shows with me - setting up, tearing down, selling items, wrapping them - she does it all without complaint.
Sunday was the shortest day, but felt like the longest. I think everyone around me shared the same sentiment. As I started to pack up I wished my helper was with me. I never had to tell her where to put something or how to pack it - she knew what to do. I am so thankful to have a wonderful and caring daughter who loves to help me.