Sunday, March 21, 2010

Smokey Mtn Fiber Festival


Saturday was a super busy day for us, we headed out for the first Smokey Mtn Fiber Festival and we had a really nice day (with no rain for a change!).  It was in Townsend, which is the "sleepy side" entrance to The Great Smokey Mountains.  (The other side is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg with a bazillion and a half  tourists).

There was a lot to see and do. I didn't attend any classes but may consider it next time. I missed the sheep shearing too. For leaving our house so early we were really rushed while we were there!
I was busy looking at everything (so MUCH to take in in such a short time - I think I'd hyperventilate and get the vapors if I ever attended SAFF!) so my daughter took the pictures for me.  Once I get around all this stuff, it's like I'm in a candy shop.

I actually didn't purchase a whole lot here, we were kind of in a rush to get to the sheep-dog roundup they were having down the road a little later.  Luckily I had already picked up some yarn loveliness  at The Knitting Nest (the yarn shop in Maryville on the way there) so I didn't leave feeling deprived.

This was so much fun to see, aren't these guys cute?




I don't know if you can see Rick ready to spring into action here behind his owner. He's trained by a certain whistle and he knows when to chase, go right, go left, cut them off, etc. by the whistle. He was awesome and he's actually almost blind because of an accident he had. All this couple's dogs are rescued dogs too. The way they talk about their animals (and they have a LOT), you know they really care about each and every one.


Brock, his buddy on the left, was a little more of his own mind but he's still learning. They like to round up ducks, goats, and cattle as well on their farm.  Once they get their job done they're free to go take a dip in the water tub there! They are ADORABLE, and I'm not just saying that because we're partial to our Jenna either! ;O)

We need to get her some ducks!

10 comments:

Prairie Rose said...

I am GREEN with envy!
The fibers,the colors and the sheepdog trials.FUN!

Nat Red Knits said...

I'm with Rose here...completely GREEN with envy too!!!! I am so wishing I could have been there! Next time it comes around shoot me a heads up, maybe I will be able to take a road trip.
Looks like loads of fun!

( that's a stone throw away from my parent's birth places ya know)

knittinwolf said...

How fun! I'm totally that way too at festivals...I go numb with all the stimulation. James usually has to say "buy something"!:) Glad you were able to get your mind off things for a wee bit (probably not) but tried! Beautiful dogs and Jenna is just smiling!:) Fuji thinks she is one of them, she herds the cats to the master bedroom and thinks thats where they should stay!:) When I was little we had an australian shepherd, she got out one time and brought us back a baby goat!:) What did ya buy? Wanna see?

bobbi said...

Oh boy I wish I was with you, however, I did enjoy the pictures.

Anna said...

Looks like a great time! The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is coming up, but I'll have to pass since I'm going to NYC for Book Expo America and need to save some money.

kkhymn said...

I am jealous of your totally awesome day! At the same time, I am grateful not to be there with you because then I would be broke from all that yarn goodness! Glad you had some fun. Now get some serious sleep. LOL. You must be wiped out.

StarSpry said...

Looks like fun! All of those animals are just adorable. I'm glad you were able to pick up some fibery goodness on the way, too :)

Cat said...

Oooooh, fibery goodness! I missed a fiber fest last weekend because of another commitment, I can live vicariously through your pictures. Sort of... Yaaarrrrn...

Cat

Esme said...

Looks like you had a fun day.

vicki said...

i love your dog she is beautiful, i wish i could have come to the festival too maybe some day :)