The long-standing annual tradition that is the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair kicks off this Thursday, promising wholesome family fun and top-notch equestrian competition. And while we love horses as much as the next guy, the Horse Show's real draw has always been the shopping.
This year, over 60 vendors will set up shop on the fair's grounds, with pop-up shops from Anthropologie, Terrain, Wayne's Gramercy Boutique, Udderly Vermont, and Paoli's Trove General. And not everything will necessarily follow an equestrian theme: look for an assortment of summery apparel, jewelry, and accessories fitting with the Main Line aesthetic.
Trove General's Charlotte Bonner tells us to expect a "pretty good mix" of the store's regular inventory. Trove's pop-up will offer men's and women's clothing, as well as accessories, housewares, and apothecary from brands like Belstaff, Pendleton, Filson, Steven Alan, Bill's Khakis, Saint James, and Levi's. Bonner is excited to "see, meet, and spend time with [the store's] friends and neighbors," but if you don't spot her at the Trove booth, Bonner will most likely be found on the ferris wheel, eating funnel cake.
2011 marks Gramercy Boutique's third year to be involved with the Horse Show. The store's manager, Kitty, says that airy pieces from Calypso St. Barths tend to sell well at the pop-up. Kitty also advises shoppers to be on the lookout for summery gifts and unique accessories.
Besides the shopping, The Feast/Shop is also looking forward to the fair's Devon Hat Contest on Wednesday, June 1, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The competition, which includes three categories -- "Mad Hatter," "Magnificent Milliners," and "Most Lilly" -- will be judged by a panel of celebrity style experts. The judges include TV personality Carson Kressley as well as two Philly designers, Carmelita Martell of Carmelita Couture, and John Wind of John Wind Maximal Art.
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
Lancaster Pike and Dorset Rd, Devon, PA 19333
Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, June 5
General admission tickets start at $8, with discounts for children and seniors.
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