We noticed something new about the Sheep and Wool Festival even before we were really there.
Whoever has been directing traffic for the last 20 years has been doing an excellent job. It slows down a bit sometimes, but it generally keeps moving, even if slowly at times. But they obviously went on vacation or something this year and the job was given to a complete moron to organize. There is a village somewhere looking for it's idiot!
The road leading into the fairgrounds has three lanes. They always leave one free for people to exit, and two lanes for people going in. There are two entrances to the parking lot, so the people in the left lane turn left at the first entrance, and the people in the right lane turn left into the second entrance, and things keep moving.
But not this year.
This year, the person running things decided that just because they had three whole lanes, it didn't mean that they had to use them!
So, they blocked off one whole lane!
Which created a bottleneck that had traffic backed up for miles on Route 70, and probably added at least an hour driving time for everyone there (including people who live just down the street)! Not to mention blocking things up for innocent passers by!
We followed some bikers who were not amused!
Does the Friendship Police Department have anybody on it with even half a brain? You couldn't prove it by their traffic-directing expertise on Saturday!
As the sign says, Welcome to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!
On the walk in, we saw some sheep (of course).
And the same sheep from the other direction (courtesy of Everett).
There was so much to see! Of course, there were spinning wheels (thanks for the photo, Everett).
And yarn! Lots and lots of yarn!
Photo by Everett
At Susan's Fiber Shop, Susan had brought along a lamb to the festival.
We saw the demonstration of the new Majacraft wheel, which I'm going to postpone for another post, but here are photos of Holly and Everett at the demo.
And, of course, there was lots of food!
Everett saw some stuff that I completely missed, including these felted dragons (the dragons are Everett's photos).
Not as great as the Rapunzel's tower from last year, but impressive, nonetheless!
And we posed for lots of group photos:
L to R: Everett, Holly and Me
L to R Everett, Me and Jeff
Holly and I
And when it was all over, we piled in the car and went to the Double T Diner, where we had a fabulous dinner! It is the place to go after the Sheep and Wool Festival! Just turn left on 441 out of the parking lot, and continue to Route 40 and turn left. There's a short ride, and it's on the right-hand side. They have the best food and so much of it that the waiter automatically brings something to put the leftovers in to take home. They have the best hot turkey sandwiches! And, as if all that weren't enough, this is what's across Route 40 from them:
And I'm totally tired of downloading photos, so I'm going to save all the rest for another post!
I will say that I got some great swag, but not as fabulous as what Holly bought. She bought a lot of Tillie Tomas yarn with beads, similar to the yarn I took so many photos of.
Have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend!