Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Perfect Fall Festival

I love fall.

I love fall festivals!

One of my favorite fall festivals is the Chatauqua in my birthplace, Chillicothe, MO. Today, I drove the hour and fifteen minutes northeast to attend the festival with two of my gal pals. I think The Lord gave me a small gift, The Short Chic decided she did not want to leave her Daddy's side all day today so she stayed home. I had a Mommy-free day!

Why do I love fall festivals. I love crafts. I love seeing new things. Running into old friends. And trying out some new foods!

I ran into this lovely lady. When I was 14 years old I was a candy-stripper at our local hospital. She worked at the hospital in the front office. She taught me to answer the phones, how to file, and many more office tasks. She is such a wonderful lady with a great heart. It did my soul good to see her today!

I found new garden art. How cool are these recycled glass decorations. They had so many variations, it was really hard to select just one. I ended up buying the one on the bottom, it is six pieces of glass and will look great in a patch of flowers next summer.
This is the really cute pear that sits on top of my new garden art. It is a pale pink/peachy color. My husband wants to know if this piece has any functional use. I told him No, but it isn't it interesting!

 I learned a lot about wool. The photo above is of a woman who had spent four hours making this Llama wool hat. She told us she was no where near done. She was using soap to help clean it and help form it. I wish I could remember the specific word she used to describe what she was doing. Oh, yeah, and I learned that Llama's wool is much softer than lamb.

 This lovely lady explained how she was spinning Llama wool to make yarn to knit and sew with. She also thought Llama wool was much softer and less scratchier than lamb wool. She had a lovely spinning wheel and spent a great deal of time explaining how it worked to us.  Melissa from Living on Gods Grace went with me. She was pretty excited to see that Rapunzel is alive and well.
 We also spent some time watching this lady work on her pottery wheel. I have never done pottery and think I might put it on my bucket list. I so enjoyed watching her.

There was a man there teaching us how to tie brooms. Can you just imagine how many generations have tied their own brooms?

 Oh and food! We had some yummy food today. Walking taco's are a must these days. We also ate cake truffles. Homemade Root Beer.
 And does anyone know what these are?   They might be one of the biggest festival foods around.  We watched a family cook 'em up hot. Yep, pork rinds. Who knew they came like this.  I was raised in the country and had never seen them in this form.
 This is one cup of pork rinds cooking in a bunch of hot oil.
After they cook, he drains them, dumps them into the big blue plastic container. His wife then takes them and adds seasonings to them. My Momma purchased bbq flavored.  Is there honestly anything better than cooked pig fat?

I also enjoyed seeing and spending time with these two gals today. We went to high school together.  It has been a while since we last saw each other.

 I bought the Short Chic a new headband. Orange and Green are her favorite colors. How perfect was this find?!! I only hope she will now keep it on her head!
The other cool thing I purchased today is this piece of tin. It comes from an old church. It is very pretty! I am looking forward to putting it in my house.

The only other exciting thing that happened to us gals today...we got caught in a rain storm. As we started to leave the park today, it started sprinkling on us. By the time we got a block away it was a complete downpour! Soaked! That is the best word to describe us gals by the time we got back to my car. Absolutely soaked!

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