Last weekend Miss A, Cousin T’s Daughter, and I traveled to Iowa see my Sister. My good travel companion made the 10 hour trip almost fly by. We went to help at the Iowa Sheep Industry Association’s (ISIA)Annual Sheep and Wool Festival at .
Saturday was a big day full of activities. There was acontest. After the wool was evaluated the fleeces were sold in a silent auction. The judge did a great job of adding an educational aspect to the judging process.
There were severaland . I didn’t sit in on any of the classes. In passing, I saw the ladies learning about spinning, dyeing fiber, weaving, felting and more.
Several Mountain State’s Lamb Cooperative talked about “The Ideal Market Lamb You Should be Raising” to meet industry needs. , Iowa State University Extension Sheep Specialist, visited with producers about “How I Improve the Genetics of My Flock.”talked about sheep industry issues. I sat in on these two presentations: The Supply Manager from
These Guild Ladies set up their spinning machines and enjoyed an afternoon of spinning and fellowship.
ISIA has a Food Truck/Lunch Stand. They set up at the Festival and at the Iowa State Fair. Lamb burgers, walking tacos and gyros are regularly on the menu.
A Mother-Daughter team shared cooking tips at theSaturday afternoon. These Ladies made kabobs, meatballs, fajitas, stir-fry and chili, all with lamb. Sunday afternoon, two individuals faced off in the .
were also part of the festivities.
Saturday evening was the Lamb Lovers’ Social. There was plenty of good lamb to eat! Two types of meatballs, leg of lamb, grilled chislic, liver pate and sheep cheese were all prepared for the banquet.
The Social included silent and live auctions. Many neat items were donated for the fundraiser. Thank You and recognition awards were presented at the banquet.
Miss A and I enjoyed the opportunity to take in this celebration of Sheep, lamb and fiber. We met a lot of great people and spent time with my Sister. It’s fun to try something new and different; to grow our life experiences.