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The Mayhaw Festival Goes On

Written by: Bobbie
April 18, 2013

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Truck bed Gospel SingersMaybe you will notice that I left out the words “Berry Harvest” but the festival will still happen. There is plenty of fun to be had. We are adding new vendors and displays to our venue this year.  We will still have Mayhaw Jelly for sale and some lamb and goat meat. Johnston’s Meat Market will be providing their wonderful sandwiches as usual.

There will be some good ole’ time Gospel music and a special set up called All About Ewe for wool washing, dying, carding, spinning, weaving and demonstrations of knitting and crocheting.  Then there are the Pony Rides, the Petting Zoo and don’t forget the Hay Wagon that goes all day long. We have a vendor with Cotton Candy (my waist line needs that). Maybe David Ward will do a Blackberry Jelly making demonstration since we are running so low on Mayhaw Berries.

The exciting part is the number of old and new vendors that have committed to joining us this year and here is just a partial list.

Painted Pony will be here on Saturday and Sunday. They came during the New Leaf Market Tour and were a big hit. We will publish the exact times later.

Full Moon Honey with their complete line of honey, candles, soaps, and bee supplies both Saturday and Sunday. Local honey from happy bees.

Mike Murphy will be here Sunday and put on a blacksmithing demonstration. He will have his wares on sale. This is a new twist along with our Antique Tractors and Tailgate Row. We felt we needed more for the guys to enjoy and this is just a small part of that.

Barbara Donner a returning vendor with her Specialty Doggie Treats.

Jefferson County Humane Society will be here with an adoption booth and some pet supplies for sale. Thor the Great Pyrenees wonder dog will be available for lots of hugs and kisses. You can even take a picture with him.

Main Street of Monticello will be selling cooling drinks to help with one of the many  downtown beautification projects. You can ask them about the Free Library Victorian Houses or the new Kiosk listing business in our main artery.

Seed Time Harvest Farms with locally grown produce. This growing (no pun intended) business delivers to your door. Come and see what they offer and sign up for the CSA.

Camellia Garden Circle and the Jefferson County Extension works together selling the Atlas Garden Gloves as a 4-H fundraiser. Extension agents will be on hand to answer your questions about the pesky weeds and bugs. The garden circle members will share their gardening expertise.

Trudie Bell will be here with her unique array of quilted scarves, purses, tee shirts, baby blankets and more.

Melanie Belk has just started her new plant business. Now my grandma had plants called hens and chicks which I didn’t know were still around. Melanie will have these along with azaleas, knock out roses and other garden center plants.

Shery Owens Jewelry from metal and beads. Each is her own spontaneous design.

Debbie McCoy will be here with her specialty Dog Collar Bandanas and Shampoochie which is a handmade bar soap for dogs.

Wood Carvings and Metal Art by Carmen and Gerry Zengel. They have been here for every event these last seven years so many of you will know them. I think we’ve talked them into doing a carving demonstration. I’ll post exact times as we get closer.

There are more that I’ll add as the next weeks go along.

Articles to come……..

Some other schedule blog articles are going to be titled – Milking Goats 101 or perhaps I need a book called Goat Milking for Dummies or maybe that really should be A Dummy Milking Goats. We have these three great Nubians and I’m learning quickly (no that’s slowly) but having a lot of fun. Oh yes, I actually drink the milk but that another long story.

The other subject I is “Have You Hugged Your Farmer Lately”. With this crazy weather pattern, I can assure you, your favorite farmer needs the hug.

Till next time.