A friend asked me if I'd enter some items in the local fair. It was cancelled last year and was scaled back this year, still due to Covid restrictions. There were far fewer classes than other years, to help keep contact risks down. However there were weaving classes! I do like to support local events, so of course I'd enter something. I entered 3 items. I had a couple of others in mind, but they were for jams, preserves and such. I wasn't sure I had the time to get them ready, so I went with just the crafty ones. I really wasn't expecting too much because I've seen the entries in other years and there is an amazing array of talent shown at the local fairs.
I think I did okay though. I didn't feel right about taking any prize money, especially when times are lean for the local Ag societies, so I asked for my winnings to be donated back.
This wasn't the scarf I was going to originally enter. I had one with a lovely hand painted warp, but I'd taken it to a meeting to show off and left it in the tote bag. Of course I hunted high and low and couldn't find it. I entered this scarf, wool and silk blend, in a bumbaret weave structure. It's interesting but not quite as striking as the hand painted warp. Still, I'm happy with it.
And yes, I found the missing scarf almost as soon as I got home from dropping off my entries.
These placemats were a last minute decision. It wasn't in the weaving section, but the general crafts. They are made with a commercial yarn. I thought they'd go in my kitchen, but the colours don't match. But they are machine washable and durable, every day sort of placemats and it must have meant something to the judges. There were some cute appliqued Santa placemats in second place.
So hubby also had the winning bid on a silent auction item and we took home a dry wall lifter for doing ceilings, for the grand total of $35. He was pretty happy about that!
I was happy to get to hear one of the John Denver impersonator's sets. He was really good!
I will have to say that local fairs are becoming fewer and fewer. There are a few big ones which are well supported, but many others struggle to survive! Next year, please go out and enjoy the fall fair events in your area, even if they are sometimes a little old fashioned. The livestock competitions are fun. There are often lots of activities for kids, fair food and more. You can ohhh and aww and sometimes giggle over the entries in the homecraft divsion and see farm crops, veggies and giant sunflowers. Sometimes they get the 4H clubs to do educational displays, which can be awe inspiring, when you realize that these are kids showing off some amazing skills and knowledge.