Because of my lack of pictures, I decided not to do a separate blog post about it, and just share a few snapshots below. I also forgot to photograph my outfit at the event, and I had to recreate it in my garden! Here is what I wore:
It was hot and sunny during the day so I wore a lightweight sleeveless blouse by Liz Claiborne and a sun hat to keep the sun out of my eyes and off my face. I chose cropped boyfriend jeans instead of shorts because I knew the temperatures would drop drastically at night (And they did! I was quite cold, which was one reason we left before the concert was over). I used a cross body bag for security reasons, and I picked a lightweight utility coat so I could easily carry it or tie it around my waist when it was hot. Sneakers were chosen for footwear because A LOT of walking was involved. They are Adidas Courtset Sneakers in Nude.
I really love this top. It's cool and comfy, and I like the peplum and eyelet detail. Even though it's new this season, I couldn't find this exact one on-line anymore, but THIS ONE is very similar.
Here is a close up of the unique eyelet detail; I like the little buttons too!
It is sheer, so I did wear a tank top underneath.
For jewelry, I wore a choker at the Festival but forgot to put it back on when I re-created this outfit for the photo shoot. Silly me. I also wore this fun teal and silver cross bracelet.
I carried my essentials in this silver cross body bag. Cross body bags are the perfect bags to use for festivals. I think just about every woman at the festival was carrying a cross body bag.
I love this straw baseball-style hat! It's fun and pretty at the same time. I picked this up at JCP this season.
And although I didn't take enough photos of the event to do a full, separate travel post, I did take a few snapshots to share here. The outdoor festival is called "Ashley for the Arts" and is held every year by Ashley Furniture. Their factory and corporate offices are located about an hours drive from our home. It is a three-day charity event that brought over 50,000 visitors and raised more that $425,000 for area school districts and non-profit organizations. It only cost $10.00 for a three day admission ticket, and everything but food and drink is free to enjoy! There are displays, concerts, arts and crafts, artistic performances, hot air balloons, fireworks, and the largest bouncy house assortment for kids I have ever seen. Musical performers range from Three Dog Night, Chicago to Neal McCoy. This year, we were there to see Need To Breathe, but we also really enjoyed Gavin McGraw and Walker County. We actually went into the pit to watch Walker Country and I was able to take the picture of them below. I normally do not like country music, but I really liked them. They had beautiful voices and harmonies, and I really loved that they were a family music group. The girls are sisters and that handsome young man in the picture is their father...if you can believe that!
Here is a little taste of Walker County singing.
I could not believe how many people were at this festival. We've lived in this area for about 24 years and never even knew about this festival! Now that we know, we plan on going back every year!
We enjoyed watching non-musical performances too! There were so many fun side shows going on in addition to the concerts!
I really liked this carved wooded sculpture in the play picnic area. Isn't it amazing?
I will have to say that the best part of the evening was the fireworks. They were the best fireworks I ever saw in my life! They did them to music. Here's a little snippet:
We had such a great time, that next year when we go back I will do a far more thorough job of documenting it so I can do a full travel post!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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