Hey all! Today I want to share with you a little glimpse behind-the-scenes at this year’s Mane Event.
This was my first time there – not just as a vendor but ever! And it was a totally amazing, overwhelming experience. Whether you made it there this year or not, take a quick look at things from my perspective as a Mane Event newbie!
On Thursday, Mr. Kruse (Thom) and I hit the road for Red Deer as soon as both vehicles were packed up. It’s amazing how much stuff you can fit into a small pickup and a Mazda hatchback when to put your mind to it! It was a beautiful day for a drive down the QE2 and we arrived at Westerner Park in the early afternoon. Many booths were already set up, trailers unloaded and horses being lead around. Everyone seemed so relaxed and organized! We weren’t feeling so calm…
So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work! First hauling everything inside, laying the flooring down, putting together the 2×4 footing for the booth, then bolting together the panels that would make up the “walls.” I was really worried that they would be too purple!
We quickly raised the sidewalls and braced the corners. Thom installed the top and bottom mouldings, ran our power bars and set up the halogen lights while I installed the very first display of my brand new logo!
We worked into the evening, hauling in furniture, supplies and large canvas prints and then headed to our hotel for a quick supper and an early bedtime! First thing Friday morning, we were back with coffees in-hand, hanging canvases and putting out a few finishing touches.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: The weekend passed in a blur of crowds, excitement, new faces and new friends. It was such an awesome sight to see the energy, the heartbeat of Alberta’s equine industry – hundreds of vendors and tens of thousands of horse folk. I was so happy to meet and talk with so many wonderful people who stopped by our booth.
I want to say a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by, entered our draw or took a business card. I’m so honoured that you are interested in my work, and I hope to talk to you soon about photographing your story and your relationship with your equine partner. We had over 400 entries in the draw & social media contest and drew four random winners!
I do regret not being able to see all the vendors, demonstrations and events that were taking place. However, I was lucky enough to catch the Gypsy Vanner breed demo, just by chance. And I totally fangirled….It was amazing to see Romany King, one of the most famous stallions of my favourite breed, in person! I only had my iPhone with me at the time, so I hope one day to get a better chance to photograph these gorgeous horses!
I was really pumped to show off some new feature products that I now offering to clients, including hand-crafted photo boxes, fine art prints, and personalized photo lockets. I am so pleased to be able to offer these unique products and so happy that they were well received!
Sunday/Monday: And then, before you know it, it was time to pack it all up and hit the road again. It’s almost unbelievable how fast such a huge event disappears into thin air! It didn’t take long to tear-down and pack it all away for the trip home. I have to take this chance to say a huge thank you to my husband, Thom, for all of his help and inexhaustible enthusiasm with this event, and to my sister for helping man the booth so I could enjoy a bit of the show too. I couldn’t have done it without these crazy goofs!
Thank you so much for taking a look behind-the-scenes and if you’re interested in any of the things I mentioned, please don’t be shy – send me an email!
DON’T FORGET: the Mane Event discount is valid until May 31st – get 10% off your session when you tell me you saw us at the Mane Event!
Hope to see you all there again next year!