Last Saturday, Mom and I headed to Young's Dairy just north of Yellow Springs, OH. The occasion - to
attend the annual A Wool Gathering. The weather was gorgeous both Saturday and Sunday. There was a great crowd there on Saturday. There seemed to be a vendor "mix-up" --- lots of familiar faces of past shows weren't there this year and in their places were lots of new ones. All in all, there was a very good variety.
This is the first fiber show I attended after moving to Ohio in 2009. It was held just a couple of weeks after my moving here. I felt they were throwing a fiber festival to welcome me to the state! It's still one of my favorite shows.
On the way back home, Mom and I couldn't help but stop at the Tecumseh sunflower field. The field is HUGE! and the sunflowers seem to go on forever. They were a tad bit past their peek but still an attractive sight.
Ohio has got to be the state of festivals! I've never seen anything like it! And, we're talking serious about their festivals. They celebrate popcorn, potatoes sauerkraut, pretzels, strawberries, pumpkins, mums, and on and on. There are also Octoberfests, Irish / Celtic fests, Greek festivals, and on and on again!
This October, Waynesville will hold its 45th Sauerkraut Festival. They order seven tons of sauerkraut for the event and boast 450 vendors. The mile-long main street is closed off along with its intersections. There are craft vendors, artists, and lots and lots of food vendors. Weather willing, it is a great time!
I'm still making soap and am trying to attend the Waynesville Farmers Market every Sunday now that the weather is a little cooler. It's been a hard first year for the market. We need vendors!!!!! It has great potential and I hope it continues as it's so doable for me - on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 PM and so close to home.
In a few more Sundays, new soaps will be added to the market display. These are restocks of old favorites - Cashmere & Silk and Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey - along with some new ones - Spiced Apple Cider and Folded Leaf.
There are more soaps on the curing rack - Black Mission Fig, Aloe Vera & Cucumber, and two fragrances of shaving pucks. Next out of the soap pot will be - Basil, Sage, & Mint, Lavender Mint, and Coconut Lime Verbena. Then, all regular soapmaking will be placed on the back burner to make holiday soaps. So so so much fun!!! You can see my available soaps on Etsy.