Ohioana Book Festival – Columbus

6.) Ohioana Book Festival – Columbus – May 11, 2013

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Writer’s Note: This experience has been removed from the “My Review” link on the Ohio Festival Schedule as my experience doesn’t help on what you can typically experience at the festival.  It was a fluke year with construction and confusion (at least, on my part) so I’ll have to go back another time.

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So this  is one of those posts with a not-so-happy ending…

Around 2:40 pm, Julia, Max and I were driving  to the Ohioana Book Festival at 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd. for a nice festival visit and to see what books we could find for Max.

Construction off of I-71 closed some exits, but we were able to get off on Spring Street…

…make our way to Jack Gibbs Blvd…

…turn into the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center…

…and arrive at the festival address (per the poster and site)…

…546.

But the doors were locked and no festival sign was posted.

I looked to the left…

…ran to the right to find a different address and the smell of donuts in the air…

…and then ran to a different building further back when I saw a woman walking back to her car.

“I don’t know about no festival,” she replied.  “I just came from a dance thing.”

With the baby now irritated since we got him into the stroller and the chilly air frustrating him more, I wasn’t sure what to do.

I used my IPhone to check the poster again…

…546 Jack Gibbs Blvd…

…10am – 4:30pm…

…damn!

Did it end early?  Is everyone gone?

We got back in the car at 3:00 and saw a kid walking up the drive with a pulled Ohioana Book Festival sign.  I stopped the car, rolled down my window and asked him the above questions in italics.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I just started my shift and they told me to pull the sign.”

We (especially me) were dumbfounded.

When we got back to our Columbus apartment, I messaged some food trucks and the Facebook event page to see what had happened.

Both a writer and food truck said that, indeed,  they were there past three.

So I dug deeper on the site…

…and found directions with an image you couldn’t enlarge…

…and realized we were here away from the festival grounds (in red).

If you look closely at this pic of signs, there’s an arrow sign that isn’t indicating to turn left into the Center…

…it’s telling you to follow the road.

Of course,  perhaps if the sign was facing festival traffic and pointing upwards, indicating forward, I would have both seen and understood this arrow at the time (I didn’t notice the arrow sign when I drove in).

In fact, perhaps if…

…instructions were listed on the festival poster…

…signs were placed along Jack Gibbs Blvd. that read “This way to the festival”…

…arrow signs were placed on the Fort Hayes entrance wall pointing down the road so that I didn’t even turn in…

…signs were posted on the assumed festival building doors (546 and even the others) with instructions on where we really should have gone…

…then we would have arrived and I could have given a better review.

Fortunately, there’s a comment section here for those who did attend.  They can let us know what there is to do and see…

…and read.

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