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A Great Art Weekend for the Entire Family!

July 30, 2012

Friday afternoon, I, along with Shawn McCann ventured to the southern part of the Twin Cities to set up our booth at the MN River Arts Fair in Shakopee. The set up was intimidating. We had a 10’ x 30’ canopy tent which was handed to us in about 60 pieces, and the most vital component was missing; the instructions. Without any hesitation, we found the model number of the tent, searched the Internet and found a crude assembly guide for the tent. In roughly an hour, we had a fully-functional canopy. Twelve hours later, we would begin a top-notch children’s art weekend.


The fair began at 9am, Saturday morning. Placed in a prime location, Shawn and I got our pencils and our brushes ready as the crowd poured through the gate and headed toward our booth. From 9am Saturday to 6pm on Sunday (with a potty break in the middle somewhere) we made drawings and paintings with well over 200 kids. We drew bugs and monsters and all the animals you could imagine. We painted landscapes, sunsets and even some abstract images.

One of my favorite sketches from the weekend was a cat we named Ty-Ty. I have the hard-working “water boy” to thank for inspiring this drawing. Thanks, Hayden!

So, to summarize, we had an amazing weekend at the MN River Arts Fair. The Three Rivers Park District, The Landing and the town of Shakopee did a wonderful job hosting the first time event. I look forward to being part of the event again next year. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the CBIG booth and made the event a success! 🙂


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2012 1:40 pm

    Except for your canopy tent incident, it looks like everyone had a great time. I look forward to the MN River Arts Fair next year!

    • August 22, 2012 2:01 pm

      Oh yes. It was a minor incident. Thankfully, we had set up a tent or two in our time, so we managed just fine. We’d be lost without our canopies. 🙂

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