Independents Day 2016 

By far, my favorite Columbus festival is Independents Day. And it continues to get better every year, but 2016 is going to be really hard to beat. 

My favorite part was the flower installation work done by Sunny Meadows Flower Farm. The festival’s visual commander miss.birdy had a vision to create an environment that made people engage with their surroundings, point, and look at new details. See nailed it. People flocked to the bridge where she set up beautiful seating areas and hung flowers. The space was magical. I’ve never seen so much awe or joy in a crowd. Everyone was enamored with the previously invisible space.  

(Photos from @littlecritters00, @ckovitya, @unikoen, and me.)

The expanded beer tent was also an upgrade. All my favorite local breweries were present and there were even options for wine or mixed drinks. I enjoyed sipping Zauber and Rhinegeist very much 🙂 

There were more vendors this year than ever before. Where Alex and I were set up with a table in the Columbus Idea Foundry there were close to double the amount of people than in 2015. Outside our building, the tents housed tons of exciting local artists and activities.  

I also really loved seeing kids walk through the Columbus Idea Foundry in awe. They were so curious. Alex was demoing how he makes his chess pieces and kids lingered for more than 10 minutes, watching him on the lathe. Many had never thought about how game pieces or other familiar objects were made. Similarly, they hung at the 3D printing stations and virtual reality arena.

I made a purchase, too. I picked up 2 books from Two Dollar Radio. I had never heard of them before, but they publish independent works. Have you checked out any of their authors? Im excited to dive in! 

If you were there at IDfest, what parts did you love the most? Or what did you buy and discover? 

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