I wasn’t sure what the weather would be like on August 28th. I was scheduled to be at the Tooele Children’s Book Festival which was sponsored in part by The Purple Cow Bookstore. The weather was important because this was an outdoor event at the park. Some blustery rain storms had been pounding through the area lately but this morning the sun was shining. The sun was shining because the wind was blowing every single cloud away. The wind blew Rusty Gregory’s painting into Guy Francis’ leg and shattered the glass. The wind blew easels that had to be duct taped to pavilion posts in order to stand. The wind grabbed balloons from tiny hands and sent them sailing. It was eat brunch with an author and illustrator and then later the children were going to paint with an illustrator. The food was amazing and the company was great. I was able to talk to many great families and a few aspiring artists. We dined on real plates and drank glasses of strawberry lemonade. One of the fathers got me a glass of lemonade and made sure there was a strawberry in it. The covered pavilion sheltered us from the wind.
After fine dining, it was time for the “Paint with an Illustrator”. Big sheets of butcher paper were put out on picnic tables and immediately they started blowing across the park. Wind gust would pick up boxes of crayons and blow them from the tables. But with a little Tooele ingenuity, the papers and crayons were duct taped to the tables and I taught the kids how to draw a hound dog. The boys and girls drew some amazing pictures. We also talked about story boards and book dummies and answered a few questions about illustrating picture books. All in all, the wind blew in a great festival.