Saturday, June 26, 2010

Boise Rec Fest - Part 1

Saturday, June 26, 2010
I am definitely behind on posting because Boise Rec Fest has been consuming my life lately, but thought I would at least get a few pictures up of the last couple days and then I'll backtrack to other things (like my 30th birthday!)

After months of planning and prepping, Boise Rec Fest is finally here!  We've had a full couple of days so far.  We started on Thursday with infrastructure setup.  We had a blank slate!

We began by marking out where the food vendors and exhibitor spots would be.  You wouldn't guess, but this was quite the chore!  Our cool measuring rollers turned out to be not so cool when we realized after measuring and re-measuring and re-measuring that the two rollers differed from each other, and neither was accurate.  Thanks to Rachel from Tates Tents and Events for saving the day by bringing a nice, old fashioned tape measurer :-)  We got everything marked out, and then Tates was able to set up tents for the people who rented through them.  Here's a shot on Friday morning before any exhibitors moved in.  We had signs in each spot so people would know where their booth space was.

It has been fun to get feedback from the exhibitors today - they had so many nice things to say about our event.  They were thrilled with the turnout and all had more people stopping by their booths than expected.  They also thanked me for how smoothly everything has gone so far, especially for the volunteers that helped them get set up yesterday afternoon.  They loved the help!  It's great to see all our hard work come together and have *hopefully* everyone happy!

Since most of my work is before and after the actual event, I was able to take some time today to enjoy the festivities.  Here's a recap of some of my day:

*  My family came out to support me and to check out the event.  Lucky Hailey got grandpa to buy her an Italian Ice.  She also had fun playing golf with First Tee of Idaho.

* Kris, Madison, and Chase came out too.  It was fun watching Kris try out Zumba in one of the workshop tents.  After a little coaxing, Chase and Madison joined in too and they all had a blast.

*  I went around and talked with all (I think!) of the exhibitors to see what their booths were about and to see if there was anything I could do to help.  I decided I could have stayed in a Dreamweaver Hammock all day.  I will definitely be purchasing one of those for my deck!

*  I also met the inventor of the hackey sack (footbag) and got to watch some amazing demonstrations.

*  And I loved the new Ruggid Gear trailer - so cool!  It's a compact, lightweight, portable trailer with all the bells and whistles (including a stove, refrigerator, outdoor shower, and even built-in speakers!).  When I was tired in the afternoon from going all day, I thought maybe I could just take a nap on the bed :-)

Well, I'm exhausted and I've got another long day ahead of me tomorrow, plus clean up on Monday, so I'm off to bed.  I will be posting more pictures soon (as if this post wasn't picture overload already!).


Melissa said...

How fun! I did a Zumba class once and had so much fun. Looks like you're keeping busy and having a blast!

Sally said...

Ok - WOW! And I thought being ward activity chairperson was a big deal. Way to go! I hope the clean-up goes well and you have a fun 4th planned to RELAX!