JEFFERSON — Giddings Park became part of a magical world on Saturday for the second annual Ohio Fairy Gardening Festival.
Cars lined the streets on two sides of the Jefferson park as attendees had a chance to pet alpacas, get their faces painted and make their own fairy gardens.
Vendors were on hand selling fairy-themed merchandise including signs, dust and gardens.
Fairy gardening involves making small gardens complete with furniture, decorations and figures.
“It’s just a wonderful free event,” organizer Julie Cole said.
There were around 30 vendors present at the event, Cole said.
“I’ve always loved gardening,” vendor Debbie Morrow said. “It’s a blast. I love it.”
Fairy gardens can be made from anything, Morrow said. Morrow, of Avon Lake, has been involved in fairy gardening for about four years, she said.
She was selling several gardens at the event, including a beach scene and a bird cage. All of her gardens have a ladybug in them somewhere, for luck, Morrow said.
Morrow finds making fairy gardens therapeutic, she said.
“Sometimes it’s trying and challenging, but most of the time it comes easy to me,” Morrow said.
Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the festival.
There were contests at the event, including best costume, best fairy garden and a coloring contest. All of the contests were free.
The Fairy Garden contest had a theme, “Life is a beach,” and needed to have a fairy somewhere in the garden.
There was a Henna stand, along with face painting and a number of food trucks.
Cole gave a presentation during the event, on how to adapt everyday objects for fairy garden use.
There was a miniature unicorn — a small horse in costume — available for pictures, along with alpacas to feed or pet.
“If you love fairy things, this is the place to be,” Cole said.