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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Brookings Art Festival

South Dakota's Finest
2 day Art Festival...

Brookings, South Dakota...

200 Top National Artists
42 Gourmet & Ethnic Food Booths
11 Antique & Collectible Booths
22 Historic Displays & Old West Booths

This is the one, folks!
The one we would travel 100 miles
to see the latest and greatest,
crafi-est, hottest, trendi-est,
funnest art show 
in our fine state!!

And this year
I got to do it all by myself,
just me and my Canon!!

It was a little soggy when I first arrived,
with a few clouds lingering and some 
drippy drips falling from the sky...
some of the vendors were wondering 
the same thing as I was (I'm sure)...
are we gonna get rained out today or what??
eventually, we all agreed the rain was done 
and it turned into a beautiful, cool day to 
enjoy some art, food, and music in the park!
I actually had a boxing match with 
myself to get passed the corndog stand!
Good Grief, Corn Dogs and Cheese Curds??
They know the way to this girl's heart!!
I ended up at the Stir Fry Stand
(all vegetable and low fat blah,blah,blah)
and, it was delicious!!

What a treat it was to be able to stroll
and cajole through hundreds of booths
on my own, nobody pushing me
or moaning and groaning
(yes, I actually heard some fellows
groaning from the pain of following
their spouse through a jewelry booth)...
 I certainly hope she groans with equal intensity the
next time he wants to watch a football game 
on the family t.v.!


I haven't been to this art fair
in quite a number of years,
and I  enjoyed
every minute!
Here are some of my highlights...

Unique to Antique
Sturgis, South Dakota
Furnishings, Jewelry, Accessories

 Another temptation
was Mastel's 
Blooming Onion!!

they were lined up for it...

The manly men,
you know,  (the ones groaning
about jewelry shopping) were all
lined up for a cool collector's mug
of old fashioned soda pop!

I think just standing
in front of a booth 
called Wild Bill's
made them feel better!

this person statue
was about the coolest
thing in the park!

What do you think...
statue or person??

Here's a closer look...

the blue eyes give it away!
 (I'm still at a loss as to male 
or female slugger?)

And as for my favorite booth...

this one takes the honors...


I loved the unique artsy jewelry,

the trendy style of blending old
with new...

the authentic displays 
brought together a perfect match
and made me want to get out 
the plastic to take it all home with me!


So I splurged on a funky little
bauble for me...

a fun necklace...

A pretty little 
locket for 
a picture
of the grands....

An uppercase 'L' for "Lusty"...

and a crown 
for the queen of picklin'...

(oops, did I say lusty? 
I meant Lisa!)
 Just talkin' to
those gals made
me dip into my sassy side!

Two fun gals
and one Funky Booth
check them out 

Such a fun festival!

this South Dakota Girl
needs to do it every year!

How about next year
we make it a date?
See you then! 


Country Gal said...

Looks like a great time . We have a arts and craft shows here that are like this festival and I love them . Wonderful photos . Love your necklace you got . Thanks for taking us along ! Have a good day !

Anonymous said...

I'll have a blooming onion please... although theirs are a wee bit pricey.. Still, it sounds delicious and what a neat place to spend the day. xox

TexWisGirl said...

i would have SO dug into the fried cheese curds!!! yum!

barb said...

Oh man...

Melinda said...

What fun!

Fair food is THE BEST!!!
Why does it have to taste
soooo good??


Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Hi Lisa. I would love to meet up with you next year! My daughter and son-in-law went and she said there was so much cool stuff. She bought a couple of things for the garden.

Lynne said...

Looks like the place to be . . . what fun it would be to browse at my leisure! And the FOODS . . . wowsie!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful time... I'd enjoy that too!