I am a mother to two awesome kids, and have been married to my favorite hubby (okay, my only hubby, but still my favorite!) since October 1999. Our favorite thing to do is get out of the house and find adventures! I am the founder and creator of Enjoy Utah!, a site dedicated to helping families get out of the house and see all that Utah has to offer! I contribute as a blog writer for the Salt Lake Visitors Bureau, and also write CityGuides for SheKnows.com.. I am excited to be a part of Today's Mama! I co-own a DJ Business with my hubby, and also do the online marketing and manage the blog and social media for Gines Auto Service.

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Eric Dowdle portrays “WitchFest” at Gardner Village

Eric Dowdle "WitchFest"

World-reknown folk artist Eric Dowdle is popular for his beloved paintings-turned-puzzles, and has been a well-known name in many homes around the world.

"WitchFest" is a puzzle that even the kids wanted to be involved in

“WitchFest” is a puzzle that even the kids wanted to be involved in

I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Dowdle at Gardner Village during his puzzle signing and the Bloggers’ Night Out on Thursday, October 3rd. He is just as charming in person as his puzzles, and shared with us stories of his travels around the world and where painting has got him to where he is today. He enjoys doing what he loves and traveling the world to share that love with others.For his latest painting-turned-puzzle, Dowdle has chosen a historical Utah site and event to portray. “WitchFest” is a scene that many of you are familiar with if you have visited Gardner Village during Witches Night Out or any other day in October.

We stayed up all night the other night determined to finish the 500-piece WitchFest puzzle. My 7-year old and 9-year old were also intrigued by this puzzle and helped match the pieces to complete the picture.

If you want to experience a scene like that of the puzzle WitchFest, make sure you come to Witches Night Out, Oct 11-12 (this weekend) and Oct 25-26. (Make sure to come and say hi to me…..I will be the witch spinning the tunes in the top of the tower at the main stage!) Complete details about all of the festivities of WitchFest for this year can be found on the Gardner Village website.You can purchase WitchFest by Eric Dowdle at Gardner Village. You can also check the Gardner Village website for complete WitchFest schedule. I heard that there are still tickets to Witchapalooza, the comedy dinner show that has become a beloved tradition for many Utah “witches”.

Like the puzzle, witches and pumpkins are a common site at Gardner Village during WitchFest

Like the puzzle, witches and pumpkins are a common site at Gardner Village during WitchFest

It was a pleasure to meet Eric Dowdle and hear how his puzzles and paintings have taken him around the world

It was a pleasure to meet Eric Dowdle and hear how his puzzles and paintings have taken him around the world

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  1. Rachael Herrscher 10/15/2013 at 7:31 am

    I need to get one of those – love it!

    • Michelle Powell 10/15/2013 at 7:40 pm

      We stayed up until 2am putting it together! It was that much fun! :)

      So….I think I am TOTALLY in this puzzle! My hubby and I DJ, and my “DJ station” is at the top of the tower. I always wear my witch costume, which includes a hat. If you notice at the top of the tower, there is a witch’s hat! My hubby says it’s part of the word “WitchFest”, but I say it’s TOTALLY me! ;) Whatcha think?!