When our kids went with us, I spent large parts of the day off with them, enjoying the festival activities. Tomato Art Fest has a really great kids' area and one year, our daughter won the contest where you dress up a tomato as a character. She got a HUGE prize basket! Here's a partial list of activities, and this doesn't even include just seeing art, eating really good food and watching people:
*Tomato King and Queen
*East Nashville Tomato 5k
*Giant Ice Cream Sundae Extravaganza
*Tomato Haiku Contest
*Tomato Fairy/Elf Contest
*Faux Paw Fashion Competition (yes, a pet fashion show!)
There is SO much to do, see, eat and drink. Everyone is there just for fun and to socialize, which is even more important right now. It's a really laid-back environment with cool music. People that live in the area have friends and family out on their porch. There are people dressed as tomatoes and in other crazy costumes. Highly recommend!
Anyway, these days I spend my time in the booth, talking to people and just watching. Honestly, to the people that come into our booth- YOU are our very favorite part of doing this. We love meeting you! We love your stories and your questions. I love seeing people discover David's work, or come back to buy a piece year after year. You are all so friendly and interesting. I truly don't ever remember a rude customer. Thank you, thank you for coming out to show your support to artists. You'll never know how much it means. It isn't about sales (those are great too, trust me!) It's about building relationships. David said, "I don't consider them customers, I consider them friends". He remembers you, from one year to the next. Some of you are hardcore collectors and come back to add to your collection, no matter how long it takes you to find us. (If you're planning to come see us at a festival, let us know ahead of time because we can usually give you our booth number and most festivals have a map of vendors).
I do take breaks to get us food or just to explore. As the artist, David stays in the booth almost the entire time. But I get to see awesome stuff: