Tuesday, January 30, 2007

MS&W Festival

I've added a countdown ticker at the end of the blog for this year's Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Last year was my first trip to the event and oh! what a fabulous time I had!

The Queen came down from NYC and we had so much fun. Early in the morning, we were dropped off at the fairgrounds. Our first stop was the t-shirt line. It was a good call to get it out of the way first as the line was obscenely long all day. I snagged a t-shirt and the best tote bag ever. The bag has the following image on it:

As we were standing in line, I couldn't help but snap a few photos. One would expect the food selection to include all types of lamb and various fast foods, but fried twinkies??

And for some reason, I just couldn't stop laughing about this one:

In addition to random food and long lines for t-shirts, there is soooo much yarn and fiber and accessories. The best vendors can sell out within the first hour of the festival so it is best to scope out the vendor list and their web sites before you go.

There are also lots of - you guessed it - sheep. Sheep are groomed, shown, shaved and herded. There are alpaca, too and also a dog herding exhibition. More photos from last year:

But my info about the festival is shotty and incomplete. (Remember - I commute 4 hours a day so by the time I post, my brain is half asleep.) Head over to Knitter's Review for a more comprehensive review.

WARNING! If you go, you will spend LOTS of money!! Bring cash and an ATM card as a back up. Not all vendors take plastic and there will be so many, many things to purchase.

I am so looking forward to this year's festival now that I know what to expect, what to do, and what vendors to visit. The Queen will be making a repeat visit and will be bringing her Mom (one of my other Mom's) along. Oh, the yarn we will buy and the wine we will consume! Huzzah!


The Queen of the Snow Cows said...

Sam, I really can't wait for this year's festival.

I'm hoping to be more fiscally responsible this year though. Since I didn't know if I'd be able to make it back to M$&W ever again so I went a little nuts (as you can remember).

Still searching for a pattern for the boucle...

Sam said...

I love the boucle.

I hate the issues the boucle has caused.

But I still love the boucle.