David used to work for a Home Security company in East Ridge (sales manager). He set up a booth there two years running. The first year, we were living at Chester Frost Park on the Island in our pop-up (site 156). The next year, we simply parked the pop-up at the campground (again on the Island site 162). It was wonderful to have the camper right at the fair. The sales force took turns manning the booth but David was there most of the time. Didn’t have to fight traffic and he could come back to our campsite for lunch/dinner. The kids had a ball. We didn’t pay to get into the fair since we were staying inside the park both times. That may have changed as it was several years ago. But if you do the fair,I would suggest that you camp there. It would save you a lot of time and hassle going “home” and coming back in the morning. The private showers in the bathhouses in the Smokemont section are fantastic. The last time we were there (for Riverbend in 2007?) they were building new bathhouses on the Island (Windy hills Area) just like the ones in Smokemont (main campground as you drive into the park).
Lorna that is correct. I have been there numerous times before I was interested in this. Have any of you guys ever did the fair here?
Come on come on come on, we want to hear the numbers! Quantitative>qualitative!
Wow! Sounds like an incredible day.. Congrats on your first festival being a success. Very encouraging to hear 🙂
Way to go..
Thank God for Walmart,way to go….[8D]
We like to hear these stories. It’s like we’re all playing slot machines next to each other in the casino. Someone hits the jackpot a couple of machines down. We wish it was us, but we’re happy for them. This is one of those jackpot stories!
And a first time event. That’s great!
Thanks for a good story!
10,000 is a big crowd for one vendor. no wonder you were busy!
I went to a seafood festival here this weekend. I am still getting ready to be selling at festivals but i learned how I want my signs set up so it was time well spent. And besides, the BBQ oysters were awesome.
Good luck selling dogs.
Rock on! LOL
What a great surprise.
We did our first festival today. I do the daily lunch thing and in my opinion seem to be doing well with it. Today close to my home we had an Arts in the Park Festival. This is the first time for this event and have nothing to compare it to. They estimated 10,000 people would be there and would take 75 vendors including crafts and food. We was told that there would be another hot dog cart, chicken on a stick guy and a couple of BBQ vendors. When we showed up to set up there was 4 different ice cream, shaved ice type vendors and a kettle corn vendor. While setting up I got to meet my neighbors and they were all super nice.
When I made the rounds to check out the competition I was amazed and somewhat scared to find out that I was the only food vendor that showed up. A Papa Johns table showed up selling pizza by the slice. Oh my gosh We were not prepared. Luckily I live very close and there is a Wal Mart about a half a mile away. My daughter made 6 trips. I have never been this busy. It was non stop from 11 until 8 that evening. Thank goodness I had my family there helping me. I have 4 daughters and they all worked their little butts off. The ice cream and Italian shaved ice vendors that was on both sides of me laughed at me all day. It was well worth the 75 dollar fee. Going to bed I’m very tired.
… We have another one coming up that is a 2 day event. The entry fee is 500.00. That seemed high to me. What do you guys think. There are 30 food vendor spots and it is a county fair…
Would that be the fair held in Chester Frost park in Hixson?
It was so hectic and very unorganized for our first event but the best figures I have come up with or as follows.
91 polish sausage with peppers and onions
63 veggie dogs
72 waters and 96 soft drinks
40 bags of chips.
I’m guessing there was around 4 to 5000 people not 10000 like they first estimated.
Thanks for all the great comments. I truly didn’t get into it for the festivals and just plan on doing one every now and then. We have another one coming up that is a 2 day event. The entry fee is 500.00. That seemed high to me. What do you guys think. There are 30 food vendor spots and it is a county fair. Estimating around 40,000 people over the two days and you are not allowed to sell any soft drinks or bottled water. I’m going to pass on this one due to other obligations.
First festival, Wow
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