Harrisburg – While other teens were slowly beginning a regular school day, fiber fanatics were unloading looms, prepping patterns and decking out displays, anxiously awaiting the signal to start.
They started. They finished. And when the dust cleared, the Bountiful Bobbins of Adams County won the 6th annual Fleece to Shawl competition. Team members were Rachel Stoner, Miriam Shea, Dorothy Marquet, Bethany Shea, Meredith Singleton and Nicole Bankert.
A favorite of many Pennsylvania Farm Show attendees, the fleece-to-shawl competition is a youth event where team members develop a design theme and build a display before arriving at the Farm Show Complex. The weaver prepared a “warp” ahead of time on the loom that incorporates the pattern and colors of the concept.
The teams are evaluated by a panel of four judges, Terry Kunst, Kris Peters, Suzanne Fry and Susan Keslar Simpson. Teams were scored on their fleece, spinning, weaving, design and speed. Following the contest the shawls are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Surveying teams’ work mid-competition, Fry commented, “Judging will be hard; the kids have really amped it up this year.”
The Grand Champion shawl brought $1000 which will be donated to the East Berlin 4-H Fiber Club. The shawl was purchased by the Mannings’ family of Adams County.
1st Place Team: Bountiful Bobbins, Adams Co.
2nd Place Team: Treadling Lambs and a Ram, Lancaster and Dauphin Co.
3rd Place Team: Cupcakes for Ewe, Dauphin Co.
4th Place Team: Sugar Valley Shepherds, Clinton Co.
5th Place Team: Fibering Five, Dauphin Co.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, with 24 acres under one roof that feature nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. Admission is free and parking is $10.
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