Still so tired out twenty-four hours later that I am having trouble coming up with coherent commentary... but it was wonderful. Once again, I felt guilty as all-get-out leaving, and I probably would have backed out if I hadn't made the commitment to the sheep breed display barn. I am so glad I went, however, because it was an all-around great weekend.
A kind friend convinced me to go up on Thursday night and share a hotel room, so I didn't have to drive up, take an all-day class, and then have to set up the breed display all in one day (and then spend the night in my minivan that night). It was incredibly thoughtful of her and made the rest of the weekend physically possible for me. Our breed display, done with the help of the Deans at Fiddlehead Farm right there in Rhinebeck (so I didn't have to haul livestock myself) looked absolutely beautiful.
Hard to convey its loveliness with my little Nikon, but in any event, the judges agreed. First place.
I joked that I could retire on top this year, since I won the breed display trifecta (MDS&W, Garden State Sheep Breeders, and now this one).
We were mobbed with people talking to us about sheep, fleece, yarn, dyeing, spinning, shepherding, you name it. It is a great marketing tool, which of course is the point but I forget it on a regular basis. To give you an idea of the crowds, here is the breed display barn early on Saturday morning (my favorite time to be there):