One of my favorite things about summer is all the fairs that take place during May through August. From the tiny town festivals — ours spans a small stretch of Main Street next to the old railroad station, and we have a perfect view of the Saturday fireworks from our back deck — to weeklong-plus events, there's something about wandering up and down aisles of crafts and vendors while sipping on some ridiculously large, sugary drink and nibbling on funnel cake that just feels so quintessentially summertime.
I got my full fair fix this past weekend at the Kutztown Folk Festival (kutztownfestival.com) up in eastern Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania Dutch territory. In addition to packing on pounds sampling all the homemade goodies on hand, I was able to check out tons of different craftsmen on hand, from quilters to redware makers and even timber crafters, for some fun ideas for upcoming issues. Many of the artisans were dabbling away at pieces, allowing you to see their work firsthand. (See photos.) I even ran into an old friend, Bill Baumgartel, who was happily chiseling away at his treenware. (You can see more of his wooden household trinkets in our April 2009 issue
of Log Home Living
Thankfully, some rain set in early in the day to make it comfortable enough to walk around and check out all the sites. S
till debating whether or not I should have gotten that bargain of an antique rocking chair... Oh well. Guess I'll just have to go back next year.
What are some of your favorite summer pastimes?