I really, REALLY love fall fairs. This week, someone asked me what I was most looking forward to at the fair, and I just could not pick only one thing... there is SO MUCH to see and do and eat! (Disclaimer: I should warn you, this post has about one million photos.)
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I also entered some knitting and spinning this year, which was super fun.
Here's what I dropped off on Friday for judging:
That pile has two sweaters, a large shawl, a pair of mittens, and some handspun yarn.
I'm not even going to pretend that I didn't head straight for the handcrafts room once I got to the fair - I really wanted to see whether I had won any ribbons! To my excitement, I did :)
The yarn for the sweater above is neat because some of it has a Vancouver Island connection! The pink and green yarn in the yoke is from Eastwin Farms, and was hand-dyed by Leola of Leola's Studio. The natural yarn is from Juniper Moon Farm!
The yarn for this green cabled sweater is pretty special too - the 2012 Juniper Moon CSA share yarn!
I will definitely aim to enter again next year. Everyone running the fair and staffing the handcrafts room was really sweet, and seemed to be enjoying the fair as much as I do! The handcrafts section was full of amazing things, from displays with information about wool and knitting to masterpiece creations, like a fully hand knit cornucopia! The genius of the i-cord green onions blew me away completely.
Next up, time for some fair food. I went for a classic: a hot dog with fried onions!
After that, we checked out the vegetable, fruit, and flower exhibits. I have a totally black thumb, so I was amazed at the gorgeous produce people grew! Everything from giant squash to tiny cucumbers to HUGE kale to beautiful dahlias.
There was also some incredible baking on display, like this multi-seed challah!
A fair wouldn't be a fair without tons of amazing animals, either. There were sheep, goats, birds, bunnies, and both alpacas AND llamas galore!
We even caught the end of some recreational agility dog races, which were so fun to watch. I don't think I've ever seen such happy excited dogs and trainers!
We finished out the fair with another must: mini-donuts!
I can't wait until next year :)