Now it is time for the event to open, everyone is running around hunting coffee or finishing up breakfast and we are ready to open the tent (which for those that don't know is the same as unlocking the door at the store). The gates open as the spectators rush in with excitement looking to see what the carnival is brought this year but, we are not the carnival we are period correct merchants and demonstrators. We all understand this going in so we deal with it the best we can and we have large number of spectators that know their history or want to actually learn something, these people make it worth it. Spectators for our business usually don't buy from us, we get the occasional quilter or someone will find just the right fabric for that chair. We are there for the reenactors or participants, that is our customer base at events and we cater to them. They shop for their clothing needs or just buy fabric because they really love it (This is very normal, fabric talks to people twice, first to go home with you and then later it will tell you what it wants to be). Most events are normally over a weekend so on Sunday afternoon it is time to pack it all up, we pack up as much as we can before I bring the truck in and then when the truck gets there it gets crazy. Just so everyone understands, it gets crazy because its a mad rush to get everything packed so we can get the tent down before it gets damp (Damp or wet canvas is the enemy, as it can and will mold and cause lots of issues later on). If we are successful in getting packed up dry, hopefully with minimal "marital moments", we get in the truck to head home. As soon as we get cooled down we stop to eat,usually Wendy's, and after that look for a hotel for the night. Hopefully everyone has a better understanding of what we do, I will still probably get the nods with a smile though, but it's OK, I have done my part to try and educate. Thanks for reading.