Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Jersey Sheep And Wool Festival

Chelsea Yarns took a road trip to Hunterdon County to visit the New Jersey Sheep and Wool Festival.  The rain in the morning was a bit sketchy on the "Jersey Shore" but as we drove west the weather was 80 and sunny!

Hunterdon County Park grounds was the perfect setting for the festival.  The fairgrounds are located on a hill, overlooking valleys which reminded me why New Jersey is referred to as "The Garden State".  The breeze outdoors was refreshing and it made the fabulous smell of kettle corn follow us wherever we went.  We walked around and of course with all the alpacas and sheep, we "ooohed and ahhhed".  I almost came home with one......ok, maybe more than one!  There were so many beautiful animals for sale.  It was nice to see all the local breeders and chat with them about the roving and  different breeds of sheep and alpaca that are currently being bred in New Jersey.  So many hand spinners were there demonstrating their craft for all to see.  My favorite vendor was the "Button Lady".  She had some of the most FABULOUS buttons I had ever seen!  Vintage buttons from the 50's and 60's were there in abundance.  Of course I managed to buy some Victorian buttons that were just breathtaking!  I think we may have overwhelmed her when we were all buying buttons at once! My friend bought some gorgeous vintage buttons to put on her Cowboy Cowl (in Flaxen) for her daughter. Other than buying an Angora bunny to take home to add to my collection of animals, and an alpaca, the trip was fabulous and time well spent. I can't wait till next year! 

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