If you’ve read this blog much or spent time in our booth at a show, then you’re probably familiar with our giveaways. They started about three years ago, and there was a method to our madness – the shows seemed like they were getting a little stale and we were searching for something to give the customers a little excitement. And if it kept them in the building a little longer in the afternoon, so much the better! So we started passing out tickets to everyone who made a purchase in our booth, and an hour before the show ended I would climb up on a ladder, act silly, and give away prizes. It worked – the customers seem to love it, and many have told me that it’s entertaining even if they don’t win anything.
But I have only observed the scene from my perspective – never from yours. You have seen the pictures that I take, so you have some idea of the view from up on the ladder. Now, thanks to “Tweety Jill” Haglund, I have seen it through your eyes – she took several pictures during the giveaway in Springfield last week and sent them to me when she got home.
Jill is starting to make her way around the end of our booth – this drawing was held behind it (or as I like to refer to it, going behind the curtain to see the Wonderful Wizard of Oz) . . .
Finally around the corner enough to watch that nut try to keep from falling. Now I think I understand why that ladder is a good idea – I thought I did it so I could see someone in the back who had the right nunber and “woo hooed” . . .
There are this many people on the other side of me, too – and in front of me!
Good thing there’s a zoom on that lens . . .
And this is why I tell people to come back on Sunday – lots fewer “competitors”. Let’s face it – we’re all friends, but for five minutes or so, this is war . . .