I had the most wonderful time watching people preparing for the State Fair. Hubby and I walked around and met some of those wonderful people and got to learn about their interests and causes.
One artist we met was MaryJo Stephenson of Mary Jo's Studio. She will be exhibiting her garden art in the garden exhibit area. Its a lovely area to see creativity and for the kids to play.
We also got to see something we never saw before ... the village of yesteryear building nearly empty.. as you know if you've been to the fair, its nearly impossible to get decent elbow room during the fair, as there are so many artists there and so much to see!
One element of the village will be undergoing a transformation.. you might always see the old loom (documented back to the 1800s) in the village building, but we had an opportunity to speak to Pamela Earp who said after this year's fair, this amazing piece will be undergoing a very costly restoration. You can actually help with this effort when you come to the fair. Bring a few extra dollars and plan to donate those to the project. Scott Mason (The Tar Heel Traveller) will be focusing one of his stories on WRAL on this loom, so be looking for it in the coming week or so.
Just had time for a quick post this morning..will be returning to the Village Monday afternoon to see a beautiful quilt being put on a frame. I will not only photograph but will have video / audio fusion to show. Be looking for that!