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Celebrate Abilene 2003
Apr. 25th-27th   Abilene, TX

With a new promoter and great weather (except the winds on Sunday), this show improved 200% over last year. As with any show, there were a few vendors that complained about sales, but as a returning vendor, my sales were almost triple over last year. There was a very nice mix of arts and crafts ranging from original artist proofs to amaretto honey butter and everything in between.

A very well organized affair, there was plenty for everyone. Many activities were available for children, working minature train displays and a play written and produced by a local abilenian called "The History of Abilene in 20 minutes". The actors in the play were children ranging in age from 5 to 20. It was very interesting and entertaining (have you ever heard The Yellow Rose of Texas played on kazoo's?).

Evening entertainment was there as well. Three concerts each evening provided music for every taste. The last concert on Saturday evening was the Bellemy Brothers.

From a vendor prospective, this is one show I will continue to do. Karen Dansby (promoter), the local sponsors and the festival volunteers could not do enough. When you arrive you receive your show packet and a goodie bag...snacks (and plenty of them) a bottle of water and a very nice "thank you for being here" note.

There was a volunteer designated to each section of vendors. The volunteers helped in any way they could, from booth sitting to helping arrange your displays to getting food and drinks for you or just to drop in with a friendly hi, how ya doin!

A meal was provided Friday evening to each booth. Breakfast was served on Saturday morning, lunch on Saturday afternoon. Lunch was also served on Sunday. Volunteers (always wearing a big smile) also drove by on a regular basis (about once every hour or so) with offers of cold sodas or cold water.

In addition, there was a hospitality room set up for use by vendors. You could use this facility to cool off if you get too warm, to rest, to visit the volunteers, grab a cold drink or water and snacks such fresh fruits, crackers, cheese, fresh veggies. All of the meals, snacks and drinks are donated by local merchants.

Tremendous advertising was done. There was also great local merchant and citizen involvement. With all of this and great entertainment for all, this show will continue to expand.

Submitted by PCM Member and Texas Representative Cheryl West

If you have attended or exhibited at this or any recent show, please go to our exhibitor reports section and give us your impressions. Here is a link: REPORTS

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