above: Some of the vendors at this show go all out and have interesting displays in their booths. This vendor had a tree with colorful lanterns hanging overhead.
And Now For Something Completely Bizarre...Ear Candles.
I stumbled on a booth that was demonstrating something called ear candles. I took a photo of this woman in the booth who was demonstrating the ear candles on some man. Out of curiosity, I went to the website of the company who makes these ear candles. Here is how they explain what ear candles are (this directly from their website, so I want to credit this explanation as their own words): "Ear candles function as an energetic modality comparable to the fields of reflexology and acupuncture. These modalities encourage healing as the body shifts from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic state within the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Many practitioners believe that this shift in the ANS enables healing within the ear, sinus and lymphatic systems. The vortex pattern occurring inside of the ear candle in conjunction with the warm compressed air into a highly stressed nervous system initiates the flow of energy, that serves as a catalyst that shifts the body into a relaxed state. This encourages the lymphatic system, sinuses, and Eustachian tubes to begin healing itself. This shift in the human body’s autonomic nervous system from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic state is well known in the fields of reflexology and acupuncture." Far be it for me to pass judgement, but this was a little strange.
How About a Gluten-Free, Wheat Free Wedding Cake?
above: A team of bakers assemble, frost and decorate a fabulous chocolate wedding cake that was gluten and wheat free. Everything they sampled was so delicious!
above: I thought this was fun. It's a hippie puppet driving a VW bus with his dog in the passenger seat. In a way, it was an homage to time when you could only find these products in small health food stores. Today natural and organic stuff can be found virtually everywhere. Maybe the hippies were right all along, just ahead of their time.