The month of May is harvest time – for fiber-lovers, that is! Sheep need to be sheared before the heat of summer sets in, and a host of other creatures look to shed their winter coats. What a perfect time for an outdoor fair, like this one in Marshfield, Missouri, celebrating all things Fiber!
Vendors set up beneath the pavilions, offering bins and baskets of raw, cleaned, and prepared fibers. Sheep’s wool, llama, alpaca, angora, mohair, and even silk, were among the choices. Several booths had various breeds of rabbits for sale, for those who want to try their hand at harvesting angora fur.
Many area groups, such as the Lacemaking Guild from Springfield, were on hand to give demonstrations of their art.
There were speed spinning competitions, a fashion show, workshops, animal exhibits, food, and lots of ideas on display – I even took first place in the speed crochet contest!
This man had a number of large angora rabbits – like Big Boy here.
All in all, it was a great fair. Though small, it’s definitely worth the trip!