I don't know his name or where he comes from, but we seriously bonded over the weekend.
Every time I neared his pen, he would lean against the rails to get close to me, then set his little chin in my hand. He's an angora goat, and if I had a slightly bigger yard, I would have driven off into the sunset with him.
As always, there were many beautiful animals to pet at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival: puppies, bunnies, llamas, alpaca, sheep, goats. I made my rounds each morning before the show opened to visit them all, and to see what wild and wonderful items the other vendors had for sale.
The show started slowly on Saturday morning. We had lots of rain while setting up on Friday, and, coupled with the soaking upstate got from Hurricane Irene, it turned the parking fields to mud. The crew had a difficult getting attendees parked in a timely manner. But once they were parked, boy, did they buy! We were so busy Saturday afternoon that my head was spinning and I could hardly wait to get to bed Saturday night. Sunday was busier than usual as well. We were so glad to see our old friends and customers and to meet new ones. They made this year's show a banner year for us. We are already signed up for next year!
My apologies for not posting earlier -- I had orders to fill and kits to make up and it has been a busy week. The last two shows have been wonderful, but we are low on inventory and we have two more shows coming up, so we are working as fast as we can to get things out to customers.
In the meantime, here are some photos to look at. I hope to have more soon -- Clara came up for the day with her fancy camera and took a bunch. When she sends them to me, I will post them.