a “fair” time! odd veggies but O-M-G stay away from the crochet

So this past weekend was the Common Ground Fair, a great place to people watch. Did you know hippies are still with us? Or is it only in Maine? And not just the 50 and 60 year olds from the 1960′s (though they are there, those that are still living off the grid and those that have more corporate lives). I digress… a wide assortment of people come to the fair.

I go there to work. Usually to share info about invasive plants, but this year we also were hawking our book. I always enjoy talking to people, and hearing their stories, and providing helpful suggestions where I can.

This year I gabbed with The Humble Farmer. He has a distinctive voice, and after a few minutes I blurted out “Oh, I know who you are“. And then I started laughing because he was wearing a hat that said “The Humble Farmer“. I was clearly paying more attention to what he was saying than what he was wearing. He commented “who else wears a tie to the Common Ground Fair?” and I replied “people wear all sorts of stuff to the fair“. He even video interviewed me. I think it was because “look familiah” to him and he couldn’t figure out why. I told him my biological family has been in Maine since the 1700′s, and I look much like them. “Newcomahs” he says. They all live in the general area that he does, so I still think this must be it.

I always get some time to play.

The kid’s parade is a hoot. Embiggen if you desire.
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Fun stuff in the parade (besides the cute overload with all the little kids): an assortment of bugs, vegetables, a rain cloud, snake, slug, and the drummer playing with squashes!

Got to check out the agriculture display. I asked some young guy tidying the tables “What possesses people to enter this thing?” (as I looked at a bunch of potatoes that looked like, well potatoes). “Pride I guess” (oooh, one of the 7 deadly!) and he continued “do you see anything interesting there?”. Um, potatoes. They look just like the potatoes from my garden.

Nonetheless, there are some interesting things in here. I was much more taken overall with the second place winners. What can that mean?
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I forget what kind of squash this is, other than warty. Second place is wartier. But it has a small rot spot on the bottom. Who doesn’t have some small spot they don’t want folks to see on their bottom??

More,
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That last was just honorable mention, because there are only two, not three.

And then there were the oddities…
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Gotta say, I love the frog and snake squashes. There was also an 18 pound zucchini, a sunflower head about 2 feet wide, and a rutabaga the size of a basketball.

There was also this thing called skirret. It seems interesting, but do you have to peel it?
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and then there were the fiber entries

Save me…
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Who labeled this thing? It is attractive enough, but it is not crocheted. For full disclosure, the 2 inch border was crocheted.

Why does somebody enter this? It so much belongs in 1976.
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Or these? They are made of acrylic, and they have no heel!
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Or this? It’s fine, but is it judge and jury worthy? It seemed to be of wool.
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There was a lovely sweater, sort of a fisherman knit, lots of cables, seemingly of wool, but it was so far back we couldn’t touch or photograph it.

And speaking of sweaters, the Phaeolus sweater is soaking, ready for a block. I tried a variety of buttons, and none of them look good, so I guess I’ll do little hooks and eyes like the pattern suggests. Here it is before I finished sewing in the ends.
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8 Responses so far

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    gramily said,

    September 28, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    YOUR sweater is gorgeous, Lisa. Thanks to you and Don for identifying the fungi from our hike this week. BTW, Humble Farmer operates from his Lonely Man status.

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    Mom said,

    September 28, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    SWEATER IS DROP DEAD GORGEOUS – WORTHY OF JURIED AWARD. You should put some of your items in the pack. Looking forward to seeing you Friday. Am bringing wine, cheese and my homemade chocolate cake!!

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    Brenda said,

    September 28, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    Great review of the fair. I was there Sunday and saw some people with a bunch of fungi on display – thought of you!
    Your sweater is beautiful.

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    gramily said,

    September 29, 2010 @ 5:59 am

    Ohh, forgot to say that those hippies seem to be alive and well everywhere (Hmmm, maybe I’m one of them) as I have seen them, same age group, at Maker Faire in CA. They are California’s version of Maine hippies, in that they have more of the Beach Boy look about them. Fair(e)s must bring ‘em/us out in droves!

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    margene said,

    September 29, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    The fair is the perfect place for what’s odd. I’d eat the squash but the potato looks like peanuts!

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    margene said,

    September 29, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    Oh and, you’re sweater is lovely!

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    Chris said,

    September 29, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing the fair with us! Those squash scare me…

    We have hippies here, too!

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    Melinda said,

    September 30, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    I am SO jealous. I’ve always wanted to go to the CGF but the timing has always been wrong. Maybe next year. Love the squash/pumpkin thing. I saw one at the Farm a couple weeks ago and I thought someone has glued peanut shells to a pumpkin!

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