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Crocker Park Fine Art Fair June 9-10, 2018
This is a Howard Alan event, applications are taken up to 1 week before the event, jewelry is the only catagory that usually fills up with them. This show is setup in a outdoor shopping mall on the streets with 90 artists. Event fees are $395 with the app fee. West side of Cleveland is being regentrified and the crowd is mid 30's mostly. This is the mid west though, so expect a good portion of that demographic. I heard quite a bit of price complaining out loud from other booths, personally not mine. My work is $25-$800. My sales were $760 and only being 2+ hours away I would consider doing this HAE again, but I will note that a lot of people had really bad shows with several neighbors not selling anything.
Worthington Arts Festival June 16-17, 2018
Put on by the McConnell's Art center, the event is well organized, some prize money is awarded. This follows the Columbus Art Festival which in recent years has become quite competitive. The app and event fee is $250 with 130 vendors. This year they made the event quite a bit larger and moved it to a new location, that being said it was not as busy as you would hope for. It was very hot all weekend 90's both days, which definitely affects any show. The show is located on grass and under trees, there were some really bad spots for some artists. My neighbor was blocked by a huge tree root and the trunk of the tree itself, he won a cash prize of $150, but did not sell much. Load in and out was very easy, the show offers entertainment, food trucks, and a beer garden. The area of Worthington is average in wealth, demographic being 50/50 to 30 something to 60+. My sales were $360. Quite a few people that I talked to had really good shows with really good sales across all mediums despite the show not being that well attended. I feel like the show is too big and probably would do better for the artist at about 100 booths. At this point I would consider doing the show again seeing as this is my home town, so I have no travel expenses and there is not another competitive show that weekend.
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