Country Life Fair

Miss American Dye is going to be one of many vendors at Pomeroy Farm’s Country Life Fair this year!

Saturday April 30th 10am to 4pm
Sunday May 1st 11am to 4pm

Pomeroy Farm
20902 NE Lucia Falls Road
Yacolt, WA 98675
(About an hour north of Portland, Oregon)

The Country Life Fair (formerly known as the Herb Festival) is an excellent family fun activity for kids and adults of all ages.  Pomeroy farm will be selling herb plants and organic vegetable plants, and a variety of vendors will be selling their wares (That’s where Miss American Dye comes in!)  The farm will have animals out for feeding and petting and Country Life Demonstrators will be around the farm demonstrating various skills and trades.  Another neat treat is the historic log house which will be open for tours from 11am to 4pm both days.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

It’s true!  I’ve finally decided to be a vendor for a local event!  How did I come to this decision after a year of online sales as my only platform?  It all started when I reconnected with two neighbors who, along with their families, run Pomeroy Living History Farm.  Another neighbor invited me to join their walking group and I’ll admit that though I’m half some of those ladies’ age, I struggled to keep up those first few mornings.  We walk up a gravel road with switchbacks.  SWITCHBACKS.  You know, because we’re walking up a MOUNTAIN.  No big deal.  Here’s a photo I snapped this week.

Location of the Country Life Fair - Pomeroy Farm
View of Pomeroy Farm from the neighbor’s hill.

I was just starting Miss American Dye back when I began walking the hill and these ladies were always so encouraging!  It was such a great way to start my morning, and it still is.  We talk about life, they share their baking or canning tips, I talk about the ups and downs of starting a business, we all stop to enjoy the scenery when we need to catch our breath… Or when a deer crosses our path… Sometimes I have tips to share about cooking, but usually it is the other way around.  Anyhow, one day the Pomeroy ladies were talking about the Country Life Fair and they asked if I would be interested in having a booth this year and selling my tie dyes.  I was hesitant.

I said, “Alright, I’m in.” And I guess you could say the rest is history…

You see, the beauty of online sales is that I’m not dependent on a certain demographic or region liking what I create, because I can advertise and sell to people from all over the country.  I was nervous that my little rural area wasn’t the best place for a tie dye business.  (I can hear my husband lovingly chiding, “Quit downplaying your work!”)  Also, it would mean bulking up my inventory, rather than just having blanks ready for dyeing.  What if I couldn’t sell all the things I was dyeing?  Despite my hesitations, for months I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.  I weighed the pros and cons.  I calculated costs.  I recalculated.  I talked to local friends and asked their opinion.  But I also saw a growing interest in tie dye in my local region… It’s crazy, but tie dye is becoming more and more popular!  It’s not just for hippies or skaters anymore.  My deciding factor was when I asked if there would be any other tie dye vendors at the event and found out I would be the only one.  I said, “Alright, I’m in.”  And I guess you could say the rest is history.  Well… history in the making, at least!

Come to the Country Life Fair!  Visit, shop, pet some farm animals, watch and learn how to tie dye, and who knows what else!  If you’re coming from the city, you’ll LOVE the drive along the river road.  You might even want to check out Lucia, Moulton, or Sunset Falls afterwards.  Or have a bite to eat at the Whistle Stop in Yacolt, Fargher Lakehouse in Fargher Lake, or Nick’s in Amboy.

…Just promise me that you won’t get caught up in the scenic drive so much that you drive half the speed limit or don’t watch the road!