OFFF and on

25 Sep

Rain Friday night did not bode well for Saturday morning. But the sun made a valiant effort and rain turned to light showers as the sun rose. By the time I was ready to get in the car to drive to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, the sun was beginning to shine through the clouds and my heart was aglow.

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The clouds dissipated as I drove the 30 miles south of Portland to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, Oregon. I had a finite amount of cash and a camera- when the cash ran out, I knew it would be time to go home.

I started out by walking through the vendor displays to get a sense of what was there – everything from yarn and soap, to baskets and fleece.

Once oriented to the vendors, I ventured to the real stars of the festival: the animals. <y first stop was the bunny barn. Okay, the sign said RABBITS, but angoras are just so darned cute! And fluffy!

The rabbit on the right was getting a blowout as I entered the barn. He was a good sport through the whole thing and his handler was clearly enjoying herself.

The festival featured lots of animal judging and 4-Hers abounded. I was feeling a bit peckish so bought a nice slice of pear walnut bread from a 4-H stand and enjoyed it while I watched some goat judging.

Feeling restored, I did some yarn shopping. There were yarn people from all over Oregon, and from as far away as California and Utah. And then I was off to the sheep and goat barn. I laughed a lot at their funny faces.

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A little more shopping, then I visited the llamas and alpacas.

My final purchase was some lovely goat cheese, which I carefully packed into my bag, nestling it amongst the skeins of yarn.

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As I drove out of town,  the sun was shining. Just after I hit the Interstate, drops of rain began to fall. Within 5 minutes, it was a downpour and the temperature had dropped 10 degrees. I had timed my day perfectly.

4 Responses to “OFFF and on”

  1. arjeha September 25, 2018 at 8:28 am #

    Sounds like a perfect day. I smiled when you said you walked through the vendor display first to get a feel of what was there. This is exactly what Kathy and I do when we go to a quilt show. Vendors first, quilts second. Glad you had good weather for the trip.

  2. jumpofffindwings September 25, 2018 at 9:43 am #

    I love this lively description of your visit to the “Flock and Fiber Festival.” Who knew? I’m an Oregonian, too, but a newly-returned native. “The rabbit on the right was getting a blowout” might be the best photo caption of all time. I also appreciate how you described when the time to go home was nigh— “a finite amount of cash” will dictate every time! Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  3. barbara suter September 25, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    Ha! Today I learned a few things about Oregon that deviate from the stuff I already knew, like how beautiful it is, how ruggedly gorgeous the coast can be, how magnificent the redwood forests are. I learned you also have the best collections of farm animals, bar none.
    I must share this post with my daughter who would love to live in such a place. Her dream is to own a pig and an alpaca and live in a tiny house. Gorgeous post!

  4. Brian Rozinsky September 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

    Flock & Fiber Festival? In Clackamas County? So many worthy writing nuggets here! These furry, funny-face friends deserve a book — picture or otherwise — to be written about them.

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