Road Trip Recap: A lucky Friday the 13th at the Country Living Fair

Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for me. The Country Living Fair was downstate in Columbus, an event I’d always wanted to attend. Somehow, the planets aligned, the weather cooperated, the school bus came, and I was on the road, bound for the fair. It was a fun day, and I confess, I am still star struck by my chance encounter with Country Living Editor-in-Chief Sarah Gray Miller. A very lucky day indeed!

A beautiful pile of pumpkins at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

This beautiful pile of pumpkins and gourds was at the center of the Country Living Fair.

Country Living editor-in-chief Sarah Gray Miller at the Country Living Fair (with her little buddy).

Country Living editor-in-chief Sarah Gray Miller at the Country Living Fair (with her little buddy).

As I wandered around the fair, I admired the big pile ‘o pumpkins in the center. I noted a woman having her photo taken in front of the pumpkins and I realized that it was none other than Sarah Gray. Wow! I’ve followed her for quite a few years, first as the editor of the former Budget Living magazine, and then when she moved on to become Editor-in-Chief of Country Living. As a testament to her southern roots, she is a wonderful storyteller, and makes everyone feel welcome.

Sarah Gray Miller (left), Editor-in-Chief of Country Living Magazine, at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

Wow, me and Sarah Gray Miller!

It turns out I got to meet the entire family. Her husband Tony was the photographer, and they were travelling with their dog. What a cutie! Sarah Gray was so gracious and charming, and after posing with me for a photo (or two), we chatted for several minutes. Wow! However brief, it totally made my day.

Welcome to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, September 13 - 15, 2013.

Welcome to the Country Living Fair.

What else goes on at a Country Living Fair? Music, stage shows, demonstrations, and row after row of beautiful, time-worn treasures and antiques. There are crafts of all sorts, and of course, endless burlap, mason jars and subway art. I’d love to share a few more of my favorite photos from my day at the fair.

A vintage bike dresses up a display at the Country Living Fair.

Vintage bike on display.

Each booth was beautifully curated, whether it included vintage bicycles,

Stash Style arrived in style at the Country Living Fair in an Airstream trailer.

Stash Style arrived in style in an Airstream trailer.

or arrived in an Airstream trailer.

STASH Style at Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

More from Stash Style.

There were dogs.

Bright display & collage at the Country Living Fair.

I love this colorful collage.

And cats.

A suitcase of cats from Earth Angels at the Country Living Fair.

A suitcase of cats from Earth Angels.

And scrarecrows.

Scarecrows on display at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

Scarecrows on display at the Country Living Fair.

And, pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere.

Beautiful chenille pumpkins at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, September 13 -15, 2013.

Chenille Pumpkins.

Pumpkin Head at Country Living Fair.

A pumpkin head.

Stuffed pumpkins in all shades of orange at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH.

A basket of pretty pumpkins at the fair.

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins at the Country Living Fair.

And more pumpkins in all sizes and shapes!

Burlap.

Pretty burlap accessories at Country Living Fair.

Pretty burlap accessories.

And more burlap.

Ruffled Burlap Bags on display at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

Ruffled Burlap Bags.

And mason jars.

A booth devoted to all things mason jars at the Country Living Fair.

A booth devoted to all things mason jars.

Craft Daily sponsored a small bookstore stocked with craft books of all sorts.

The book store at the Country Living Fair is sponsored by Craft Daily (F+W Publishing).

The book store, sponsored by Craft Daily.

Displayed on the bookstore were these framed succulents. I just love this idea.

Love these framed succulents hanging on a building wall at the Country Living Fair.

Framed succulents hang on the wall.

Country Living contributing editors Richard Kollath and Edward McCann presented “Autumn Tablescapes.” There were events and demos on three different stages all weekend long.

Country Living contributing editors Richard Kollath and Edward McCann presented “Autumn Tablescapes” at the Country Living Fair.

Country Living contributing editors Richard Kollath and Edward McCann presented “Autumn Tablescapes.”

I admired this baby washtub with its pumpkin display in one on the antiques booths.

Beautiful pumpkin display in an antique washtub at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

This antique washtub is a beautiful way to display fall pumpkins.

These vintage shoe lasts were a treasure, too.

Antique shoe lasts on display at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

Antique shoe lasts.

Lunch? How about deep dish, cherry pie ala mode for lunch?

Pie for lunch at the Country Living Fair.

Deep dish cherry pie for lunch? Yes, please!

I didn’t see these cake rolls till after I’d already had pie.

Yummy cake and pumpkin rolls at the Country Living Fair.

Check out these flavors!

The Sweet Carrot is the cutest food truck.

The Sweet Carrot food truck at the Country Living Fair.

The Sweet Carrot food truck at the Country Living Fair.

The Sweet Carrot food truck at the Country Living Fair.

Wouldn’t this make a cute quilt pattern?

Jenni’s Splendid Ice Creams, based in Columbus, was there, of course.

Jenni's Splendid Ice Creams is based in Columbus, Ohio.

Jenni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Jenni’s is one of Oprah’s “favorite things.”

Jenni's Splendid Ice Creams' truck came to the Country Living Fair.

Jenni’s ice cream truck came to the Country Living Fair.

The sometimes sunny, sometimes overcast day had a slight nip in the air and was perfect for the fair.

The gorgeous colors of fall on exhibit at the Country Living Fair.

The gorgeous colors of fall.

Bittersweet.

Beautiful fall palette -- orange bittersweet on a turquoise fence, at the Country Living Fair.

Such pretty colors for fall.

Mums.

Mums on display at the Country Living Fair.

Mums on display at the Country Living Fair.

And just a sprinkling of Christmas.

A Christmas display from the Country Living Fair.

There were a few Santas, too.

My day at the Country Living Fair was a celebration of fall. I wish you could have been there, too. If you’re anywhere near Atlanta, there will be a Country Living Fair in your area in October.

Thanks for taking a peek at my photos. Have you ever been to a Country Living Fair? Tell me about it.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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12 Responses to Road Trip Recap: A lucky Friday the 13th at the Country Living Fair

  1. Katiria says:

    It looks like it was a lovely day.
    Burlap+Pumpkins=Fun

  2. LisaM6 says:

    WOW~ wish I lived near there. That looks like fun. The shoe lasts remind me of my dad….he owned a Shoe Repair and I worked for him. Great photos.

    • Sharon says:

      Shoe repair is a craft from another age, isn’t it? Do you have his tools and any of the shoe lasts? I hope one day you’re in an area where you can attend one of the CL Fairs. I know you’d love it! Thanks, Lisa. Sharon

  3. Nancy D says:

    I’m soo jealous 😉 I’ve wanted to attend for years but never managed to be in the areas during fair time. Would love to go to the NY one, but just can’t see that happening this year. Maybe next year. Soo, did you bring home any goodies?

    • Sharon says:

      I hope you can get there sometime soon! It was definitely worth the necessary schedule juggling and such to get there. I confess that I came home mostly empty handed — it was a beautiful day and there was so much eye candy to enjoy, and I decided that was what I was going to do. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  4. Patty S says:

    wow! W O W!!!!!! …wish I could have walked along with you, but your pictures did a wonderful job of sharing your adventure. So many *pretties*! I really love the sweet carrot truck, and all the crafted pumpkins!!!!!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Patty. I wish you could have been there, too — that would have been double the fun! There was so much to see, I know I missed a lot. There’s a Country Living Fair in NY state, too — a little closer to you. Sharon

  5. Laurie says:

    Thanks for all the beautiful and colorful pictures! It looks like a great event!

    • Sharon says:

      It was so much fun! And such a pretty day for photos. Perhaps you’ll be able to travel to a Country Living Fair near you. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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