I am so excited and thrilled to have been accepted in the Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival in Telluride, Colorado the last weekend of July. We've never been to Telluride, and knew that we needed to take a small trip there and check out the drive and the town and find the show venue. Since the weather looked to be nice yesterday, with no thunderstorms predicted, and it was Wednesday, we thought it would be a good day to go. Wednesday is a great mid-week day to stroll through the town, chat with shop owners, and generally explore this terrific little mountain town.
It never occurred to either one of us to check festival schedules. Traffic was reasonable all the way there, with the most congested part being through the city of Montrose. It was an incredibly beautiful drive on well-maintained roads.
But when we got within a couple of miles of Telluride, there were signs along the road to turn right or left for "Festival Parking." Festival? It's Wednesday! Who has a festival on Wednesday. And all of the parking areas had lots of cars in them, and the highway into town was packed on both sides with parked vehicles. What the...??
Little did we know, we had chosen the Wednesday which is the day before the first full day of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, an event that's in its 45th year and which draws nearly 50,000 people to this tiny hamlet over 4 days. Town was absolutely packed. So much for a leisurely stroll and some chats with shopkeepers! We wanted to take a look at the Town Park Campground as well. Not only was it full to overflowing, but so was the nearby baseball field. I don't think I have ever seen so many tents in one place before!
It was still a beautiful drive back and forth. I just want to share what I learned with everyone... before you go to a new place in the middle of the summer, it's a really good idea to check the web and see if it's actually a good day to go!