Indiana State Fair – Day 2

My second and last day at the Indiana State Fair was Saturday.  I picked Sandy up at her house at 8:00 and we headed out for a fun day. 

The first place we stopped was the Poultry building.  I wanted to show her the “bad hair” chicken I had seen the day before, and she wanted to see the bunnies and chickens for herself.  As soon as you walk in, there are the bunnies.

This little fellow was so cute!!!  He’s a Dwarf Netherland and he weighed about 2 pounds if memory serves me correctly.

Sandy and I decided this guy had a rather “sheepy” look to his face.  I do like lops.

Then we went around to check out the chickens. 

These two fellows had taken a violent dislike to one another and were trying to get at each other through their cages. 

From there we went on to the Family Art building, the Exposition Hall, through the cattle and horse barns (no horses at all, so disappointing) then to the sheep.

This ewe wanted to check out my camera and after I took this shot, I found myself nose to nose with her.  She was so friendly and sweet!

Did I ever mention how much I love Shetlands and their fiber?  I would have lived to dig my fingers into her fleece.

This ewe was getting groomed for the show ring, and her face over the stand just looked so funny.  She was totally nonchalant about the whole thing, too.

One building I did not have time to go to on Friday was the Swine barn to see the pigs.  The World’s largest Boar was this fellow:

His name was Reggie and he weighed in at 1305 pounds.  He was a huge guy, and completely oblivious to the crowds of people staring at him.

This sow had 14 piglets in the pen with her.  She was a very busy mama.

At 2:00, we went into the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion to begin our 4-hour stint at demonstrating spinning.  Two other ladies were with us, and we had a great time showing people what we did and what was done with the yarns.  We talked fiber quality to those who thought all wool is itchy – all wool has its use, and not all wool is meant to be sweaters.  Some is meant to be coats and others to be rugs and carpets.  The “itchy” sweaters were because clothing manufacturers bought rug wool and made sweaters out of it because it is cheaper for them to buy than really nice wool like merino.  I let people place a sample of the merino I was spinning against their necks to show them how soft and unitchy it was.  If I teach people at the fair nothing else, I want to make them understand that not all wool is created equally.

3 Responses

  1. Cindy in FL Says:

    ahhhh, if I close my eyes, I can imagine the noise and smells of a good day at the Fair! Did you get any fried dough-my favorite!?!

  2. Roxie Says:

    What a splendid day at the fair1 I, too, love the poultry in motion, and the bunnies.

    14 piglets to feed? That sow was a dairy queen!

    Shetlands are such mellow sheep. And if you need to take one to the vet, he’ll fit in your backseat.

    Another element to the softness of the wool is the way the vegetable matter is removed. A strong alkaline bath will dissolve the leaves and sticks and bits of hay, but it also opens the scales of the wool and makes it more harsh. (Easier to felt, though, if that’s whay you want.)Hand spun wool is cleaned by hand so the fiber is not chemically abused.

  3. Robin Says:

    Our little county fair is going on right now. I was thinking about not going but now I see all these pictures it’s making me rethink. 🙂

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