Monday, August 17, 2009

Over the Hump

Arts & Crafts on the Lawn-2009 is over.

Our little historical society's biggest fundraiser. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and committee chairs.

90 craft vendor spaces were sold this year. Fewer than last year, which was fewer than the year before. The downturn in the economy has had an effect on crafts people. Quite a few are calling it quits as fewer people have disposable income to buy extras.

Our day begins when we arrive at 6 a.m. to help vendors locate their booth space, put up posters, signs, haul equipment to the food booth, set up soda stands and the raffle booth, etc.

The society also hosts an ice cream social, food booth, raffle and museum tours, in addition to managing one of the largest craft shows in the area.

We finally left for home at about 5:30 p.m.

But to deal with the aftermath. Ah. . Craft vendors for 2010 must be posted to the database. Jury photos for 2009 transferred to 2010. Tax forms must be sent to state. Reports must be made for the board. Money to be counted, a good thing. Money does not match receipt book, bad thing. Money must be counted again and reconciled to receipt book again. I do hate counting money. Weird isn't it. But it is very difficult to concentrate on what you are doing when the phone is constantly ringing and people are coming and going.

I just keep saying--our trip is getting closer.

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