My friend who came to spin yesterday, went with me to demonstrate spinning at a County Fair in the county south of us. It rained hard down there this morning before we got there, so things were pretty soggy. It was a one day small county fair but until last year, the fair organizer told me, they think they hadn't had a county fair in probably 50 years. So all things considered, I think it was pretty successful.
We were set up next to 2 pigs who were having a splendid time in the rain and mud. Beyond that were the dairy goats that you could milk or feed. 4H ers and Future Farmers were showing their animals which I think was the main focus of the fair. Fortunately, there were no rides so everyone was checking out the animals. One day is not enough time to set up rides.
With all the rain and wetness, there weren't too many fair goers in the afternoon but those who did come by were very interested in our spinning. Some people stayed for quite awhile and my young friend taught at least 3 people how to spin. I think we both enjoyed "being a part of the change you want to see in the world"…something like that is the bumper sticker you see around. People need to remember why wool is so important, as much as they need to remember the value of real whole foods over imitation stuff and processed stuff (right Gail?) What's cool is that people do listen and seem genuinely interested.
What surprises me, is two age and gender groups that seem particularly interested.
In the last five years, doing what I have been doing, I have found that boys between 8 and 12 and men in their mid thirties to mid fifties are fascinated with the whole wool process.
John and I both returned from our different adventures around 5 P.M. and later mentioned that the first thing we did on arriving home was to see where Sal was. She was standing next to Cyrrus on the inside of the fence, which is great, since the first thing this morning she flew over the fence around their run. It looks like she followed my instructions not to fly out of the barnyard but maybe she had an enjoyable day flying back and forth and all around.