Janie, I am going to look for your post! Thanks!
Colleen, most all of our shows are in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, we are going to start getting into Illinois. Last week I was on the border of Ohio/WestVirginia for 4 days, we did the Bob Evans Farm Fall Fest and had a blast!
We have a great corp lodging plan so not much for travel expenses and the shows push the sales to more than offset the expenses.
Plus, we have met so many people and have so much fun. I just don`t think others realize the potential or look at this as an actual means of business and I would be willing to bet that we turn more in sales at these shows in a weekend, than most brick and morters do in a week or more. . .without much expense or overhead. Of course, it takes your weekends to do them, but, we take 2-1/2 months off, except for a small handful of shows, and by handful I mean under 5. It has just been a great avenue to build awareness for us.