Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SLUGS and Blueberries


Every year the highlight of the summer is Ketchikan’s Blueberry Festival.
 The festival showcases over 100 booths selling their handmade goods.  You can also enjoy the Slug race, which this year I donated the prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place the winners received an adopt a SLUG button and a small Tongass the SLUG stuffed animal. Tongass is only available in person at Ketchikan local festivals. Of course you can’t have a blueberry festival without a blueberry pie eating contest, Battle of the Bands, trivia contest and the Great Blueberry Race. The blueberry weekend started off on Friday with the juried art show I summited this photo.

This Blueberry Arts Festival was extra special for me. I had my BFF/Graphic designer Raquel Mayer (AKA Rocky) fly up from Seattle to help me. She was my number one SLUG seller. She designed my NEW “HOLD THE SALT” SLUGS sweat shirt which we sold out of! She really went over the top creating all kind of promotional stuff for me, Rocky designed a blueberry SLUG button and I added a little green leaf we handed them out with every purchase. Rocky handed painted my table cloth with my logo on it the night before the festival Oliver one of my cats also wanted to be part of the creative process and decided to walk across the table cloth and wet paint it just adds to the charm I think. As a surprise she also took some of my SLUGS photos and made them in to large posters which we hang around my booth.

Can’t forget about Jacob my BF he also made this blueberry festival special he was my roadie and cashier I guess he didn’t trust two art school kids with the cash box. Even my Mom pitched in on this blueberry festival all the way from California she made my one of kind made with LOVE "WithTheRain" Xtratuf banner with SLUGS .

The status for the festival:
I made 150 SLUGS fleece boot liners and sold 134
I made 35 Large Tongass the SLUG stuffed animal and sold all but 2
I made 30 Small Tongass the SLUG stuffed animal and sold out
I order 4 “HOLD THE SALT” sweat shirts and solid out

This was the best blueberry ever!
 It was the nicest weather of the whole summer, not a rain cloud in sight.

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