Going to a 3 day outdoor festival is both fun and labor intensive. Exciting and draining. It's a chance to connect with new people, exchange ideas and share my work from the year. For me, this is what it takes:
# 1 A good team to keep things focused and moving.
#2 Partnerships with local businesses to give myself more time to be creative.
#3 A truck and friends to help load and unload. Thanks Bill, Mom and Dad!!
#4 A well organized event and beautiful space under a canopy of trees. Good job Strawberry Plains staff!
#5 An inviting space to attract interesting people. Good conversation leads to new friends, connections and ideas... Oh, and often a sale as well.
Ultimately, what it takes to have a good festival experience is to cultivate an easy going attitude and anticipate the unexpected. My experience has shown me that anything is possible and nothing goes as expected - so it's best to just enjoy the ride moment by moment.