So last week was tremendously busy, as it was the Deerfield Fair. Every year I have the opportunity to sit & spin on my antique Canadian Production Wheel, in the Farm Museum. I set up boxes of fiber for touching and for comparison purposes, and discuss whatever spinning topics come up with whomever wishes to stop and touch, or stop and talk, or stop and stare at the wheel before coming up with questions. I look forward to it every year! I manage to interest a few people a year, I think, in learning to spin; I also hand out a few grommets for CD spindles, point people to available spinning resources, and tell them about upcoming fiber events.
This year it rained, a lot, again! This has become a sad, sorry theme in recent years. It never got as bad as last year's flood down the center walkway (which was almost ankle deep) but we only really had sun for a short time Sunday afternoon. Saturday was pretty nice; didn't rain, and temperatures were comfortable for walking around outside viewing the fair. The crowds reflected that, but it did start out rainy, and remained cloudy and overcast all day.
I didn't get many pictures this year, due to spending most of my time in the Farm Museum (and it was raining during most of my free time). I met one service dog in training, saw one person cruising the fairgrounds on a Segway, and two people using one of these:
I also saw the World record (at the time) pumpkin; the world record didn't stand for long, but it is still a tremendously impressive accomplishment to have held the record at all. The picture doesn't do the size of this pumpkin justice, as there is no adequate scale or perspective, but it is gigantic. It's about 1875-point-something pounds, if I remember correctly. A local news station actually covered this for a story!
This family had the whole rain situation well in hand with their covered wagon kid-hauler!
This guy was climbing a pole on Saturday, using only a harness and ropes, with a technique called "foot-locking." It did not look easy.
An amusing T-shirt
And these unique scroll-saw bowls were at Dave's Woodshop both in the "NH Made" building. Beautiful! I was surprised at what I considered extremely reasonable prices, considering the amount of work involved.
Now I just have to finish unpacking the van...