In Which I Report on Pennridge Gallery of the Arts

Yesterday we spent the day in Sellersville, PA, for this festival.

Sellersville is located about 25 miles from home. It has a small downtown but is primarily residential and is surrounded by farms and some manufacturing. Suburban sprawl is approaching the area, but its location is distant enough from Philadelphia or Allentown/Bethlehem that it hasn’t been swallowed up.

The show is held along the main street going through town. Since it is narrow, there is an elaborate procedure for getting us artists in, unloading and setting up, and moving our cars out. This involves waiting in line at the fire station, going in in small groups, unloading on to the sidewalk very quickly, and taking the car out. We then set up at our own pace. I will say that this show has the best-organized set of volunteers I’ve ever seen who make this all happen, including the large number of teenagers who help unload. (I have wondered if the group conducts mock drills to practice, they are that good).

We got there pretty early and were located at one end of the show. Here’s the “tent’s up” shot:
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And in mid-setup:

I took some shots of the street as it filled up, from early morning to crowded full of shoppers.

This show is a typical street fair. It is designed to promote the area businesses, build community spirit, and provide entertainment. I don’t usually expect to sell a lot at this kind of event, and as it turned out, my sales were only fair, but I enjoy going to this kind of event. If you walked along the street here, for instance, you can see Sellersville history on view: though it’s a small place, it has an interesting past, including being the site of a radium plant and an amusement park (the park is still in place but the rides long gone). There are some handsome buildings:

You could look over some new cars:

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Music – these guys were just setting up themselves when I took their picture:

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Food trucks – one featuring Egyptian food, it said on the side of the truck, and the other one calling itself the “Flying Deutschman”. I am telling you, show food has evolved – not too long ago, the fare was always hamburgers, hot dogs, or maybe sausages. Things have changed.

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A kids’ area featured a place to do some art:

…and, you could meet this alpaca. He and a companion came to the fair from a local farm. My husband took this picture. I only saw them from a distance; by the time I went over to take a look, they had gone home. I love the look on the little girl’s face as she eyes the animals.

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So, you can see that in this kind of event, you could keep busy all day! This type of show can be found in our area almost any weekend, spring, summer, and fall.

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