After the ecstatic wins, we sped through the rest of the fair. Well, we lingered in the home ec section for a while.
All of these socks were amazing.
This hand-spun and hand-died (not my spelling, seriously) and hand-knitted stole competed in a separate, hand-everything, category from my shawl. It looks super soft but we weren't allowed to touch.
Kudos to all of the Missouri knitters who competed this year!
Men have a monopoly on weaving at the MO fair, for some reason.
As in every year, sewing takes top prizes. This is an astonishing smocked dress.
A lovely patchwork quilt in old-fashioned fabrics with wee flowers.
I want this quilt! Are you the quilter of this quilt? If so, I will pay you big moneys for this! My halloween decorations will be set for life!
Best in Show went to a quilt this year. Far away, it looks like a regular quilt.
Close up, you can see the unbelivable hand-stitching and detailed quilting, done in color matching the underlying quilt pieces. The curlicue shapes look like they are filled with extra padding too.
This is the view from the back. The back is plain blue fabric, but the super-neat quilting stitches from the front recreates the ornate pattern on the back. We all applauded for the very talented quilter who made this quilt!
After the home ec, we continued to the rest of the fair. Since it was the last day, most of the animals and such were gone. The only non-human animals we saw were these sweet bunnies!
They look sad in their cages, but actually people can take them out and snuggle with them, and the bunnies will sit contentedly, thumping their little tails.
We looked high and low for the angora bunnies.
Yikes. Here is one, cute and poofy. Holy mole that is a lot of hair.
The other usual stops at the fair include the fine arts and flowers.
This was the only fine art that I took a picture of. Very clever, and deserving of the rainbow-colored ribbon, I think.
By the last day of the fair, the flower competition/show is well past the high-stakes roses, leaving room for the dahlias (I think, they might be something different).
Also, an intricately painted ginormous squash.
And chocolate scented orchids.
A rose is a rose is a rose, but this is all 100% awesomeness!
We drove away, got lost, and ended up driving down some picturesque farm roads. Missouri has lettered roads/highways, but they are not in alphabetical order.