Whew. Now I know why they call it the red eye. I arrived in MD at 8:30 early this morning, lugagge and all. I slept about two hours, but never fear, the adrenaline kicked in as soon as the blue minivan with K1P2 decal pulled up at the curb.
The weather in MD this year is perfect - almost 70*, sunny, and slightly breezy. We drove to Mom and Dad's house to pick up Sheila and Michael who had arrived the day before. We packed up the car(s) and headed to the Howard County Fairgrounds via way of good java. We arrived at MSW around noon. Vendor parking was still available, which is always a good sign. In fact, we were able to pull the cars up to the building to unload which was a huge help.
Sheila and Michael's booth is in building 1, which is where the t-shirts and other souvenirs are sold. In fact, they are directly opposite the t-shirt booth, so please stop and say hi after purchasing your souvenirs!
I met Janel from Chameleon Colorworks and Spindlicity fame, she is sharing the booth. Mom and I helped all 3 of them get set up. Of course we forgot the camera, so you will have to envision how beautiful the booth looks with all of the new glass needles and button designs, as well as Janel's colorful fiber.
The souvenir booth opened at 2 for vendors only. The line was as long as it is at any time during the festival, and a line remained outside until 5pm when sales closed. Wow. The logo this year is printed onto a beautifully colored assortment of t-shirts, bags, and accessories. You can see how great it looks on Sheila and Micheal.
We are getting up VERY early in the morning to get up to the festival, finish setting up the booth, and then take a first peek at the other vendors. As Mom said, "Tomorrow is for shopping."