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!
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.
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.
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.
Each booth was beautifully curated, whether it included vintage bicycles,
or arrived in an Airstream trailer.
There were dogs.
And, pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere.
And more burlap.
And mason jars.
Craft Daily sponsored a small bookstore stocked with craft books of all sorts.
Displayed on the bookstore were these framed succulents. I just love this idea.
Country Living contributing editors Richard Kollath and Edward McCann presented “Autumn Tablescapes.” There were events and demos on three different stages all weekend long.
I admired this baby washtub with its pumpkin display in one on the antiques booths.
These vintage shoe lasts were a treasure, too.
Lunch? How about deep dish, cherry pie ala mode for lunch?
I didn’t see these cake rolls till after I’d already had pie.
The Sweet Carrot is the cutest food truck.
Jenni’s Splendid Ice Creams, based in Columbus, was there, of course.
Jenni’s is one of Oprah’s “favorite things.”
The sometimes sunny, sometimes overcast day had a slight nip in the air and was perfect for the fair.
And just a sprinkling of Christmas.
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.