Saturday, October 1, 2011

Buckwheat Festival: Farmer's Day

Today it is cold and wet and windy.  Not the weather you want for the Festival, but it happens now and again.  Makes for an even better day to go inside, sit down and eat some more buckwheat cakes!

There are 3 kitchens in the Community Building and various community groups staff them for a fund raiser.  We used to do this when we were in charge of the Special Olympics.  It is a long hard day, but the pay off was pretty good.  One of the things that I enjoy is that always there are people eating with me that I don't know...and we get to chat.

A little, well, OK, a lot of rain didn't keep everyone away.  The sensible people came prepared:


All the little ones in their rain gear.

Very near the end of a long, cold, rainy parade and still smiling...but not everyone is waving!
Lots of antique tractors in the Farmer's Day parade.  There are also lots of animals
that are on their way to become food...so, I don't watch all of this parade.

Horses for you Kristen.

And this little family on their way to have fun in spite of the weather.  That's the spirit!

I had a request for any knitted crafts, so here is what I found for you, Tanna.
 This is a shawl, I believe, with a lovely fall colorway...see, I'm learning the lingo! 
Here is a close up.

This is an upside down baby blanket...too tired to fix the photo....sorry.

And here is first and second place in the hand spun natural fibers.

For those who don't know about buckwheat...it is not a grain, but rather a fruit.  I have never really looked this up, but have been told this since I moved here.  It grows on these plants

and you take the groats, after the bloom fades,

that are this cool 3D triangular shape, and grind them to use. 
Kasha is also buckwheat. 
Some people use the hulls to fill pillows. 

Here is a final food picture...wow, just wow.


Some of the things I missed this year were the bicycle decorating contest, pet show, lamb dressing contest and the livestock sale.  I never go to the livestock sale, but try to hit the others.  Tomorrow is just buckwheat cakes and recovery for me, but there is a car show and Irish road bowling which I have never seen.
Hope you enjoyed my enjoying of the Buckwheat Festival.  Let me know if you need a native guide for next year.
Sometimes do you stop and look at your town as if you were in a foreign country?  I do that sometimes and it give me a wonderful new perspective on things I usually just take for granted.
My little town has it problems, but it also has it perks and the BWF is a big one, in my opinion!

7 comments:

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Thank you so much, Donna, for the knitting and crochet photos!! They were gorgeous! And, yes, that was a lovely fall colorway! LOL! This has been such a fun festival to visit with you. I'll be looking forward to next year's! Thank you again. blessings ~ Tanna

K said...

Yes, yes - I know what you mean about seeing your town as if it were a foreign country. The first time I ever had that thought was when I was in Paris when I was 14 (we flew free). I "saw" how the streetlights (so formal and european) came up out of the street as though they had grown from it and wondered if I could "see" at home, I'd be as fascinated. Turns out, it does work that way, if you remember to do it.

Donna said...

***Tanna, rats! The baby blanket is not knitted is it? I don't know how to tell the difference...but I know about colorways! :D

Donna said...

Kristen, I'm glad someone else knows how to see with new eyes sometimes! Most of my travelling has been to poorer countries on mission trips...yet, I could still see the beauty...there and here!

K said...

And two more things. I had to LOOK UP "colorways" and I lOVED that you included the horses for me.

Donna said...

Yeah. That whole colorways thing...don't know why they can't just say color, but it's always colorways. Did you find out anything interesting about the word? I'm just working from context clues.

K said...

Nope. It just is what it is. Every craft needs its argot.