|A corner of the festival during setup, before the crowds|
|Kids try out some activities|
At another table, kids examined fossils, real or fake, with a microscope that projected images onto a screen. The kids could also examine tiny crystals of industrial diamonds and diamonds incorporated into the surface of silicon and other materials.
|Fossils and diamond coatings.|
Finally, at the front, kids and parents did Tangram puzzles from the Lexicon Villages event and did a simple experiment about heat transfer and thermal paper.
|Rebecca helps a visitor with a heat transfer experiment|
A steady stream of visitors flowed through our booth all weekend, looking, playing, listening, signing up for more information, and buying. While kids did the activities, parents talked with our authors, Jeffrey Morris (author of Venus) and Michael Erb (author of Kelvin McCloud and the Seaside Storm).
|Michael Erb (left) and Jeffrey Morris sign their books.|
|Owen checks out Ice Castle|
The festival itself was magnificent. Where else can kids see a space capsule, climb into an F-16 jet,
take apart an iPad, learn physics and circus tricks together, extract DNA, walk through the Magic Schoolbus,
|Visitors line up to enter the Magic School Bus|
|Crowds watching the Rubik's cube challenge|
Besides and see the Mythbusters all in one day? I had very little time to wander, but a did visit a few friends from the informal science world to see volunteers from 4H and the National Girls Collaborative Project running activities for younger kids.
Between manning the booth and visiting friends, I had a couple of author events to attend. One highlight was participating on an evening author panel about communicating science through books. Robin Cook of Coma and Outbreak fame, the creator of the medical thriller genre, delivered the keynote. Other writers included the great kids' nonfiction writer Joy Hakim and rocket boy turned multi-genre author Homer Hickam.
|Penny and Homer Hickam after the author panel|
|Book signing after the author panel|
|A visit from Roy Chapman Andrews, aka Barnas Monteith|
|Rhianon drops by her mother's book signing station|
All this week the Tumblehome team has been recovering and following up from the fair. We sent copies of the song and coupons for THL products to all who signed up for them. We've begun entering our books on Amazon. We've established our warehousing and fulfilled new orders, updated our brochure and put the finishing touches on Fraudulent Fossil so it's ready for printing. We're already planning for a second run of Venus.
All in all, the festival was a wonderful place for the launch of a new science book and activity company. It was also a joyful event, and when (if) it happens again, all of you should bring your favorite children and attend!