Every year in my hometown, we have a Fairy Festival. This year I took my niece since she loves fairies and all things pink and girly. You wouldn’t know this rough and tumble girl was such a girly-girl, but she is. We set out that Saturday afternoon in search of fairies…and Kat’s friend, Sam, who makes wonderful clay creations (check out her Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShipwreckSamantha?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav).
Well, the last time I went to this festival was the first year it was held. Little did I know, the festival had grown tremendously. I searched high and low for a parking space, and eventually, I just had to make one. But we got parked, and headed to the beginning of the trail into Chimney Park (that’s where the fairies come out to play). It didn’t take us long to see evidence of the presence of these little sprites.
We began to find fairy houses in various places throughout the park. And these sweet creatures had put up picture frames everywhere, so we took a couple of photos in the frames.
These adorable little sprites also created bubbles for us to play in, and they had even invited a grand wizard bring out his bubble wands to create giant magical bubbles for all of the children.
Then the most extraordinary thing began to happen. Ordinary children began to transform into fairies before my very eyes. Even my beautiful little niece began to sprout wings and gain an ethereal glow.
Fairies began to pop up everywhere…little ones, big ones. They came in all ages and sizes and displayed a lovely array of bright rainbow colors.
There was even a dog fairy!
They were so beautiful! And I’m not sure, but I think my daughter may have fancied herself their queen as she paraded through the park with a fluffy little dragon on her shoulder.
As we wandered around the chimney ruins…
…we came upon the Great White Owl, guardian of the fairy village.
He granted us entrance, and we were able to see the houses of the resident sprites.
Each home was as unique as the fairy that lived there, and perhaps just as colorful. It was such a delight and privilege to be allowed to see the fairy homes.
After visiting the village, we wandered across the bridge and through the tunnel to dance in the ribbon forest.
Then we painted some fairy rocks and hung our wishes on the wishing tree.
All too soon it was time for us to leave the enchanted land and allow the fairies to return to the fairy realm. But they promised they would return next year about the same time, and we eagerly await their return.