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Harvest Festival Original Arts & Crafts Show $2 Off Admission Coupon

Vathana 855 499 October 3, 2009 at 04:24 AM

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Last Edited by Vathana October 4, 2009 at 12:20 AM
I was watching the news with the wife yesterday and we learned about some arts and crafts fair they have going on in near us called the Harvest Festival. So it looks like today I'll be dragged to that show. We've never been to any of their shows before so I can't comment on whether or not it's worth it, but I sure as heck don't want to pay $9/person for an arts & crafts fair. Luckily, a quick Google search took me to an exhibitor's website that offered a $2 off admission discount. Still $7 too much than I want to pay, but it's better than nothing!

If you want to learn more about this event, go to

2009 Fall Shows
Las Vegas, NV Cashman Center August 28-30
Pleasanton, CA Alameda County Fairgrounds September 11-13
Long Beach, CA Long Beach Convention Center October 2-4
Ventura, CA Seaside Park at Ventura Co. Fairgrounds October 16-18
Del Mar, CA Del Mar Fairgrounds October 23-25
San Mateo, CA San Mateo County Event Center November 13-15
Sacramento, CA Cal-Expo November 20-22
San Jose, CA San Jose Convention Center November 27-29
Pomona, CA Fairplex December 4-6

For $2 off admission discount, go here to print out the coupon:

Wife and I ended up going today and while I have no interest in arts & crafts whatsoever, she shares the same feeling about this event. It was a total waste of money. Parking alone cost $10, so before we even made a single purchase and even with discounted tickets, for 2 adults it cost $24 just to park and get in. If you want a plastic bag to put all your purchases in for the day, you have to make a small donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation! We just paid $7 per person to get in and they want to charge for a stupid, oversized, plastic bag?! Are you freaking kidding me? Already it's off to a bad start.

For those of you that are in the SoCal area and into the arts & crafts scene, you've probably heard of the Sugar Plum Festivals that are held a few times a year around here. I also get dragged to these events as much as I dislike it, but at least Sugar Plum doesn't charge for admission and parking has been free most times (I only paid for parking once all these years and that was when it was held in an unusual location at an Anaheim hotel).

So as I walk in, I begin to realize that the convention space they rented out isn't really much larger than the typical space they rent out at the OC Fairgrounds. Harvest Festival calls themself the largest Arts & Crafts show on the West Coast, but to be honest with you I don't see how they can make that claim as I see way more artists/vendors at the Sugar Plum Festival. The crappy part is that a lot of the vendors/artists at the Harvest Festival already participate in the Sugar Plum Festival, so there wasn't really much I haven't seen already.

Another weird thing that I noticed was that the event didn't seem any more crowded than the Sugar Plum Festival, but somehow it felt more crowded so my wife didn't really get a good chance to browse around as she typically does. The event is also nowhere near as coordinated as the SPF, as every booth was in charge of selling their item. My wife enjoys the freedom of picking up things here and there from different artists and then paying it all in one transaction at the end.

Pretty much the only "good" thing I can say about the Harvest Festival if you want to call it a good thing, was that they had live entertainment for adults and children. There was a crappy Oldies/Rockabilly cover band playing off-key music for adults and while the band wasn't playing, someone was putting on a puppet show for the children. There was also a weird Elvis impersonator standing on stilts and dragging a portable microphone setup on wheels and blowing balloon animals, except it was obvious the guy didn't really know how to make any balloon animals so they were all just elongated, inflated balloons that anyone can blow.

Save your money and time! I will never be attending any of the Harvest Festivals in the future. If any one actually attended this event because of my post, I apologize about it! Live and learn!
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