The Story of the Country Living Fair

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The best laid plans.

Yup, you know how that goes.

I have always wanted to go to the Country Living Fair – but could just never quite figure out how to make it to Ohio, especially in early September.

So, when I found out it was going to be in NY this year, I was super excited.  But the best part, my whole crew was willing wanted to go with me.

Friday night, I prepped and had us all set to go and we went to bed early for a good night’s sleep.

Accept, that there was so much rain our rain gauge’s alarm kept going off all night.  Yeah, I didn’t know they had alarms either.

It was a lot of rain.

And then, Peanut was up most of the night with stomach flu.  The child shivered all night like I have never seen  a child shiver.  Broke my heart.

So, with a later than expected start, Sunshine and I set out just the two of us.


She brought flowers in for our first stop – the amazing Jen O’Connor from Earth Angels Studios.  Just as we walked in, she was lining up with her whole crew of amazing artists.  That is her sweet self all the way on the right.


And of course, I couldn’t wait to see what Jennifer Lanne has to offer – she is always updating her style but still saying true to what defines her art.  Love.

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And then Sunshine and I went to meet Will Moses.  We are long time fans.  The second day we bought our yearly puzzle and he signed it for us.


This was a newly discovered artist that we loved.  Can you see the NY map in the side of cow.

So loved it.


And then we went off to meet Modern June – and buy our banner for the porch!


It was too busy the first time through so we stopped back later for a chance to talk.  She is so super sweet.


And then, we met BOTH Beekman Boys.  So sweet and kind and Josh is as witty in person as you would hope.


On the second day – Peanut was feeling much better, so we all went back for a few hours.

So, of course, we had to take a picture by a cow.


And then I was able to meet up with a group of local bloggers for a Meet & Greet with Sarah Gray Miller (Editor in Chief), compliments of Hometalk.


As we left for the ride home, we passed under all the banners created by Modern June.  Peanut was finally feeling better and was a chatter box.


As we walked past each barn, I reflected back on all of the stories I had from the vendors over the two days.  You know I always love a good story.

We brought home some treasures – but it is always about the story behind it.

Like Richard Nixon from Michigan who sold us a wool goat.

Or Charlie Brown who was walking through Barn 34.

Or the sweet man who took the time to tell us how to paint our wooden fish we brought home.

Or the song sung by the folk band, “Don’t Stop and Keep Living” inspired by a 6 year old.

I had planned the first day to be the whole family.

Instead, I had an amazing day with my oldest daughter.  Probably the best day we have ever had together.  She was just so joyful to be there with me for my first time going.  She was so excited to meet so many people.  People like…

Cari from Cash and Cari – who was as sweet and as gracious as can be.


We had our picture taken in the photo booth together.  It is my best treasure of the weekend.

And as the crowds really filled up on Saturday, I was thankful Peanut was not there – she does not handle crowds well.

And we still had our family day.  And although I think Peanut and my Hubby were less excited about going, I truly believe they enjoyed themselves.

So, the best laid plans can go awry and still turn out great.

Wishing you a great day and thanks for reading.


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18 thoughts on “The Story of the Country Living Fair”


  1. Oh, how I wish I knew you were there! I was there too! Despite the weather, it was amazing! We had such fun. But it would have been great to meet in person.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  2. Oh what fun!!! I have been going to the fair in Ohio the last three years!! I love it. I pull my Abigail out of school and we go. She is 13 this year and just LOVES going. We get the early bird tickets as at ten it just gets way to busy.
    Oh Earth Angles my favorite to!! So did you get a new painting from Jennifer Lanne???
    So glad your little one felt better for the second day!!!

  3. And I love that you didn’t just give up on the first day, as I might have been tempted to do. You persevered and were blessed with great memories with your daughter- sweet! Looks so fun- what a great weekend:-)

  4. Oh Laura! You are so cute! And your oldest and Cari look like twins! What a fun time and so full of joy…..and so glad it had a happy ending!

    Have a great day rock star!

  5. So happy that you had a great time….and glad that “Peanut’ was feeling better and the entire family was able to go…So many great vendors…and isn’t Cari the sweetest and the cutest?…I met her at the CL fair in Atlanta and she was the greatest to talk to and also her sidekick “Hoss”….Looked like a great group of Hometalk bloggers!…

  6. Hi Laura!
    Sorry I missed you at “Betty’s” Love your pictures of Country Living Fair! One of my favorite mag’s ! I collect cows.. My family is from the Berkshires and my Great Grandfather had a farm for milking cows.. I have old tins and paintings… love that time of life… Take care and enjoy the summer! Sandy Locapo

  7. Glad you had such a wonderful time! I went to the fair. It was so neat to see the assortment of wares on display.i work in Rhinebeck and hope that this will now be an annual show at our Dutchess County Fairgrounds! I hope that you enjoyed our neck of the woods!

  8. Laura, it sounds like you had such a wonderful time. I am jealous. The pictures are great…the girls are so cute. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful weekend.

  9. ohhh how lovely – except for the sick kiddo part! never good! so glad you still got to go….we have a girls trip planned for the ohio dates in the fall – can’t wait!!!
    ♥ Northern Cottage

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