Its already half time for 2011 so you'd better get started on this! Materials are available on line with the link located above this content.
This week has been exceptional. I am a big believer in quality over quantity. That best describes the flow of the week here at the fair. We really are a side show of a much larger and well established fair of many long standing traditions. I have thoroughly enjoyed the grass roots nature of this fair. Those who know... know. Then there are those who don't.... and likely don't care. I feel connected here with the families camping out with their kids AND animals. I love watching the youngsters come and go with their "western" gear on.... boots with spurs include. In fact... I have even fell in love with my truck again this week. With new front shocks its good as new pushing 100K. I enjoy the gravel roads, the green fields, the beautiful barns.... and.... the MONSTER TRUCKS!
Now... on to the other end of town to Ferndale Michigan and the "Live Green Fair". I stopped out to the location on Friday to visit with local on line publication owner Crystal Proximire to get the low down on her venture AND the fair.
Crystal.... it turns out also has a relationship with Western Market... who we are working with and promoting the composting systems with. This weekend my good friend and the hardest working (and event media point person) man in the "Green Business".... John Carlos of Greendetroit.com will be showing those small yet significant composting systems.
These systems are a super easy way to ramp up or get started with household composting. The key features are... no smell, no bugs, no mess, AND the corn starch based liners can go right into your system.... contents AND bag... no muss... no fuss...
If you don't know John... chances are you will.
I can tell you that this fair is in fact the show. In other words... it is not a Fair with a green side show... it is a green fair no question about it. These visitors are here for a purpose and that is to find out about the latest and greatest in the green industries. This crowd is not thinking about going green... they have gone there.... a long time ago .... and are looking for the next level.
Do I wish I were at this fair for the weekend? I told a good friend of mine that it is like the little angel and devil on both sides of my head. I hear them fighting it out... (Devil) Don... you've been locked down at this country fair for almost a week. Pack it up and head to the action!.... (Angel)... Now Don... you made a promise to be here all week... and that goes to Sunday. So... even if I see conflicted.... I am content to stay firmly planted and hope that we grow enough to cover both events in the coming year. Ferndale has done an amazing job of reinventing itself with the times. There leaders in the County with the Main Street Program. They have a very strong DDA and Chamber of Commerce.... and the occupancy rates seem to bee stable. Note the recent improvements to the Walk ability of their down town. Even Woodward is now much more manageable by pedestrians and bicyclists. Yes Oxford... it can be done....
With that in mind.... the mirror on the wall will have to settle on a split decision. Both fairs offer excellent opportunities and my recommendation would be to hit one today and the other on Sunday! But... I can guarantee you will not get elephant ears and deep fried veggie's in Ferndale!
I'm out.... off to another day of paradise in the country side... ;)