When I awoke this morning, a gentle rain was falling. I drove the 25 miles to the festival in the rain, but it stopped as I pulled into my parking spot in the huge parking field. I arrived at 8:30 AM and began my exploration of the barns, tents and exhibit halls. There were a few more short rain showers but I think it quit raining by 11:00 AM. As expected there were beautiful displays of yarn and fiber. I did buy some things, but I don't think I went overboard. I will take a photo of my purchases when I get home.
The crowd didn't build quite as fast as previous years, the rain must have given people a reason the stay home a bit longer. However by early afternoon, I think the crowd was its usual size.
This year, for the first time, I volunteered in the souvenir sales building. Some people stand in line for more than an hour to buy a T-shirt, bag, or mug with the festival logo on it. Each year a contest is held to design the logo for that year's festival, so T-shirts become collector's items. I didn't volunteer until 1 PM, and by then, many of the color selections for the shirts were sold-out, but that didn't mean I wasn't busy. For 2 hours, there was a constant stream of people who needed to be waited on. All the merchandise is behind display tables, so as people make their choices, I had to go find what they wanted and then write up a sales ticket. My 2 hour shift went by very quickly and I would help out again next year.
I toured the animal barn and am always impressed with the variety of sheep that are on display. I watched the animal auction, but did not raise my hand, and I watched the sheep dog demonstration, which is always impressive. I missed the sheep shearing demo because I was at a Ravelry meet-up.
So, it was a great 8 hours at the festival! Here are some photos from the day.
A recently sheared alpaca
The reason to go to Maryland
Hope all is well.