Mother Earth News Fair 2012

by Site Admin on May 28, 2012

Elaine Thompson with her fleece and yarn display
Elaine Thompson with her fleece and yarn display

Elaine Thompson with her display of fleece and handspun yarn in front of the Thompson Romney/Blackberry Patch Farms display. While people were talking spinning with Elaine, fleece, dyed locks, and handspun yarn sold in quantities which makes all of us anxious in returning to the fair.

The first annual Mother Earth News fair located at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup Washington was held June of 2011. District 5 Director Randy Thompson was approached to set up sheep displays, and sheep related demonstrations. With the help of District 4 Director Scott Culver, Al and Lin Schwider, Elaine Thompson, and the Shepherds Extravaganza Crew, the sheep portion of the fair was an incredible success. All were busy talking fiber, farm life and of course selling the Romney breed during the two days of the fair. In those two days, total attendance was close to 16,000, who strolled through the livestock displays, attending classes, looking at alternative energy booths and even test driving street legal electric cars. There were over 200 classes taught daily, with many big name speakers such as Ed Begely Jr. and Carol Ekarius. There was something for everyone at this fair, what all noticed was how educated and enthused the people were whom we met, in fact people drove from as far as Oklahoma and Alabama to attend this fair. Sustainability was the common topic on everyone’s minds, many people were envious of our Romneys and with the opportunities that our farm lives provided us. If you are interested in the 2nd annual Mother Earth News Fair, it will again be held at the Western Washington Fair Grounds in Puyallup Washington June 2nd through the 3rd. Again ARBA will be represented there with Romney sheep, with Scott Culver and Randy Thompson manning the ARBA promotional booth. If you have questions feel free to contact Randy or Scott. Click for Event Details

Carol Ekarius, Al Schwider, and Scott Culver

Carol Ekarius, Al Schwider, and Scott Culver, talking sheep after Carol Ekarius's presentation on sheep.

Al Schwider teaching spinning

Al Schwider teaching one of his many new students the fine art of spinning Romney wool.

Scott Culver at the ARBA display booth

Scott Culver taking a break to show off the ARBA display booth. Many interested people took ARBA promotional flyers.

Thompson Romney lambs

Several Thompson Romney lambs.

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