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Canton and North
Texas Irish Festival 2003
include : The
biggest garage sale in Texas and green beer?
Date : 03/08/03 (As
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Earlier the previous week, This Texas
Road Runner had been
searching the rockhounds.com
web site and the Rock and Gem Magazine for any rock shows coming up in Texas.
I found the Abilene, Alpine and Waco shows occurring during the time of my
vacation. But as luck would have it, I also found one for this
weekend in Big Springs, TX. I
was starting to get excited about it until I realized on a map that it
was a 4 1/2 hour drive. It was kind of hard to justify such a trip for 2
hours of walking around and then turning back for home for another 4 1/2 hour
drive. Hum what to do. I could always go to Canton
and find more antique
spindles for my candles. But, what else? I had already
made great progress in melting and dying wax for candles, that I was felling a
little burned out on it and wanted to find something different to do.
Jean O' Conner, a Project Manager in the
Network department overheard my situation. She suggested that I check
out the North Texas Irish Folk Festival at Fair Park. She also sent me a
link to their web site. I
check out the website and determined to go. Mainly to see what
it was all about and to see if I could sell my candles there next year.
Saturday morning came. I
gassed upped the truck and headed out early. There was
still some ice around from the ice days we experienced last Tuesday and
Wednesday. I tried taking the scenic route that I took last time going
through Ennis, then Kaufman and then to Canton. Unfortunately, I lost my
bearings and received some nutty directions from the idiot Ennis locals.
Therefore, I found I-45, headed North to I20. There was a lot of road
construction that slowed me down. So I kept heading east to
Canton. I then exited HWY 19 into the city. This route placed me
exactly where I wanted to be, in the Arbors area and close to the shuttle bus.
bubble machine was turned on as I remembered it last Spring. Though
I also wanted to see the rock shop, the first order of business was the
spindles. I found the spindle booth and purchased around 16
spindles for $ 60.00. I was a really good deal. Since I
parked nearby, I put the spindles in the truck and headed back out. I
finally found the little walk-in mall that had the rock shop.
Unfortunately, the rock shop was no more and replaced by a print and frame
shop. So I grabbed some vendor
food and walked around for a while. I was able to take a few
pictures, but was accosted by several vendors stating it was against the city
ordinance to do so. What a stupid local law! But I was able to
shoot some anyway. The weather sucked so I headed back to the truck and
back home. Unfortunately, there was an accident
on the road that slowed me down. Slow
down, it is still wet and icy. I spent the rest of the day
performing house hold chores.
Star Date :
Sunday morning. I woke up quite early and began the day at Wal-Mart and
MJ Designs picking up some clear plastic bins for storing finished candles and
other supplies for projects. Later, I finally made it to the North Texas
Irish Folk Festival at Fair
Park. I was first greeted by a bunch
of dinosaurs. These guys always seem to haunt me. It kind
of reminded me of the Scarborough Fair Festival, but pertained for toward the
Celtic theme rather than the Medieval themes. There were quite a few
Irish folk bands (Band
3) and plenty
of beer, though I opted for the lemonade, soft pretzels and sausage
on the stick. By this time, I was getting burned out on festival
food. Sure enough, folks brought their Irish
Blood Hounds to show off.
There were quite a few vendors in both pavilions. Most of the items for
sale were the standard theme clothes (I even saw a tie
dye vendor who was dong very well with his sales), jewelry, Celtic
musical instruments, stain
glass art, swords
and even a rock
and gem booth. The rock
and gem booth was really selling different kinds of crystals with the
motif of each different type of crystal whether it be an amethyst, quarts, or
whatever exhibited magical powers or was a sign for something.
Unfortunately, I have to work with a lady who believe in that kind of
stuff and claims she can charged them up? Well, she tried doing that
with one of my hunks of Celestite one time. That really freaked me out.
They even had a kids playground area in addition to a cliff
climbing setup. Yea, I climbed the mountain again.
I just may have a chance. There was no one selling any candles.
The closest thing that was selling as far as candles are concerned was
incense and heated oils for aromatherapy. Therefore, I think I will
sell Irish themed candles next year. I'll start my preparations after I
finish up the the Christmas candles. Bye for now and more adventures to
So, until next time, take care and I'll
See you... on the road, or in the
workshop, (which is really just my
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