Report from the
New York State Sheep and Wool Festival
October 16-17, 2010
If an actual "fiber festival season" were to exist, it would begin in May with the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and culminate the third full weekend of October at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, lovingly dubbed "Rhinebeck" by its loyal fans.
They see animals, they watch people turn fiber into yarn. They buy their first fleece, spindle, or even spinning wheel. They imagine how much prettier their yard would be with a few sheep in it.
They experience what it's like to be surrounded by people to whom they don't need to justify their fiber passion. It's an amazing weekend.
The abundance of yarns, fibers, textures, and colors; the sounds and smells of animals, barbecue, and the ever-present fryolator (this year's novelty was deep-fried spaghetti and meatballs on a stick); and the energetic frenzy of tens of thousands of people, is an exciting and dizzying experience.
Conveying this experience in words is always a challenge, but I've done so for years. This year, I bring the sights and sounds of Rhinebeck alive through the following video. It's a three-minute romp and I hope you enjoy it.
If you do not see a YouTube window above, click here to watch the video.
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