I attended Faerieworlds as a vendor last weekend and my senses are still reeling from the colourful magical sights as well as the amazing music. Everywhere one looked there were people in fantastical costumes - tall satyrs with real goat legs, dark gothic fairy twins in full black corsets, delicate fairy wings with an owner who's ears you'd swear are really pointed, fearsome dragons with sharp talons and wings, pirates, dryads, naiads, mermaids, Greenmen, and all sorts of fey creatures from the Otherworld
not to mention all the firedancers, storytellers, and talented musicians putting the crowds into trance. Tricky Pixie, SJ Tucker, Gaia Consort, Woodland, Chalice & Blade, Kan'Nal, The Wicker Men, Qntal
if you weren't there you missed out. I'm pretty sure my sweetie bought the albums of every band there so expect to hear them on the Wigglian Way soon for you magical musical education.
There were merchants of all kinds with magical wares, costumes, creatures, colourful textiles, jingles and jangles
The marketplace was so large one could get lost among the stalls
with all the magic was it Diagon Alley or was it a hay field in Veneta, Oregon - who's to say?
Some tips and experiences - If you're a vendor remember that's it's not a Pagan festival but a "magical" one. There were three times the amount of vendors this year than the last five years so being unique with over-the-top display was very important. If you're camping in the associated campground with the festival "Quiet Camp", it's a misnomer, it was quiet camp for the Oregon County Fair, not for Faerieworlds - hippies love to bang drums til four in the morning and it's most likely that one or more of the bands from the festival will be camping with you. Expect music, drum circles, firedancing, and shouting til the wee hours of the morning - you might as well join in! The bonuses of the camp were propane showers, a toothbrushing sink and onsite food, more importantly coffee!
Unfortunately I managed to get sick for the duration of the festival, it must've taken me quite a feat of luck to both get strep throat and smash my tailbone - but it definitely wasn't good luck. I attended every day but had to go back to the campsite early to sleep. I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted and I didn't get to experience the nights of music and poi dancing, but there's always another year if I'm willing to travel again after getting sick both times I've been to the States this year
. I tried to tough it out and we continued on our road trip to Dragonfest, but I just got sicker so I flew home early while my sweetie and our good friend drove on to Dragonfest - the Canadians and the Wigglian Way need to represent after all!
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