Well. I saw the notice again on Knitters' Review.com, where I go for information about fairs and festivals, and was astonished to see how many vendors had signed on. So this morning I quickly got a cute little red Focus from Enterprise Car Rental and headed to Yellow Springs. I learned two things along the way -- maybe three things. First: Ohio is just as rollingly beautiful along Highwyay 68 as I remember, and there are more Amish than I recall. Marvelous black buggies, beautiful horses. Second: The corn is MUCH less ripe than it should be -- heavy rains? Late planting? Warm weather in late September? Look at how green it is! (Click on shots to enlarge):
Third, and perhaps most important: Gasoline in central Ohio is 3.39 a gallon, not the 3.70 we are paying. WHY?
So I arrived at the Dairy and encountered a huge surprise: Once, this was a small-scale dairy store on beautiful grounds. Now, it's a full-scale amusement park, complete with miniature golf (called Udder and Putter, for god's sake). Here's the ice cream building and a small part of the blocks-long parking lot. And here is also a small slice of the amusement parkl, complete with children:
But let's get to the point. "A Wool Gathering" begins with a big, bright blue banner:
As you walk through the gate, you find HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of people, all having the most magnificent time -- including dozens of members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, two of whom can be seen in this shot (to the right):
Notice the SIZE of those big tents -- my photograph doesn't begin to capture the scale of things. This fair has exploded over the years. I found some friends inside, but also some new people -- like Michelle the spinner and two gifted woodworkers whose buttons and spindles I bought in profusion. He of the spindles works under the name "Sunset Turnings," and I must say he knows a thing or two about wood finishing. She of the buttons has THE cutest calling card I've ever seen (it's a piece of wood in the shape of a button!!!) -- Brenda K, of "A Remark You Made." Both of them have etsy.com shops, and I hope you'll all go have a look. I bought more wooden buttons than is decent.
I can't download more pictures (at my limit), so I'll undertake another entry: svb