Again, like last year, quilting was top dog. Here is one incredible hand-quilted quilt.
The lights fortunately didn't go out, but it was still pretty dark, so sorry about the wonky photos. The knitting was better quality than last year, and there was a lot more lace, and nupp-i-tude. First prize for shawl went to this white nuppy lace.
Third prize to this tan nuppy lace.
This one won second, even without nupps. All were gorgeous! The tatted lace doily to the right is impressive too, but didn't get a ribbon. There is a lot of fancy-looking tatting at this fair!
There were 2 colorwork items, both lovely, but neither won.
Here is an entry from Rosalia, which should have won!
Alas, this, and most of the knitting in general was not displayed in a way to appreciate the items--they were scattered throughout the home ec building, and were folded up, obscuring all the best bits.
Except for the inexplicably purple-ribbon-winning (like the grand poobah of home ec) crocheted blanket. Ho-lee-effing-mo-lee! Donny Darko in fun fur!
Other notable crafts included felting, like this hat,
and various preserved foods. Look at these dried tomatoes, like yummy chips!
(The judges agree.)
Bonus points to anyone who can guess what this green stuff is!
After last year's heartbreaking visit to the children's animal barn, we didn't look at any animals this time. We did peek in at the fine art, where this super-cool "fiber" sculpture made out of pine needles was on display.
Nothing I saw at this fair was remotely as funny as this blue-ribbon-winning booth on signs of a doe in heat (scroll down a bit) from the fair that Erika (Redshirt Knitting) attended (and won ribbons!) Maybe next year I should check out some of the 4H booths?