Friday, August 19, 2022

Rural Museum Reflects Older Days at the Fair:
Last.Days.of.the.Wyoming.County.Fair

LEFT: Carol Nickol of Nunda does a twill pattern "sheep to shawl" demonstration on a loom on Wednesday at the Wyoming County Fair. RIGHT: Becky Edwards, superintendent of antiques, is seen splitting a log at the Fair.   LEFT: Photo by Mark Gutman, Daily News: RIGHT: Photo Courtesy Becky Edwards.

As the Wyoming County Fair enters its last days of the season, visitors may wish to stop in and browse through its museums.

The museums and historical house antiques and artifacts donated for display at the fairgrounds — and they give a glimpse of life in the county’s distant past.

The Large Museum is home to antique saws, wagons, wagon wheels, old tractors and tractor parts, and “hit-and-miss” tractors while the Rural Museum houses old strollers, items from Dr. Harville’s office and an old printing press.

Located in front of the Clock Tower, the Rural Museum is also housing a weaving station featuring live weaving opportunity for fairgoers. Wednesday kicked off the weaving for the sheep-to-shawl demonstration at the fair. Fairgoers supplied the spinner with carded wool and wove rag rug, too. 

Carding aligns fibers and smooths out clumps in preparation for spinning. Wool is run through the carder brushes. Alternately, you can use hand cards.

“…We are continuing work on the shawl on our small loom, which is a sheep-to-shawl demonstration. We have one spinner working today and the weaving on the shawl is ongoing. The large barn frame loom is used for rag rugs and the last rug on the current warp is just being finished,” said Susan Swanson of Fiber Lingo.

Swanson specializes in weaving, felt, and the use of multiple dye processes to create one-of-a-kind accessories including scarves, wraps, and handbags.

“We are winding a new warp for the rug loom and hope to wind it on the loom later today. Hopefully, we will be weaving rugs again tomorrow…if everything goes smoothly,” said Swanson.

Volunteers at the fair will be asked to answer questions during demonstrations and attendees are allowed and encouraged to try their hand at weaving and spinning.

The fair’s sawmill also hosts live log demonstrations at 2 and 6:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting. The Blacksmith Shop also has demonstrations daily. The museums are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“We have a lot of displays on the grounds. There are antique tractors and shingle making, too,” said Becky Edwards, superintendent of antiques.

For more information about antiques, contact Edwards by calling the Fair Office at (585) 322-3362.

Additionally, the Crazy Country Kids 4-H Club has been working hard all week helping to gather cans each night at the end of the fair to help recycle. The club has collected 10,000 cans so far to benefit their field trips, their annual Halloween and Christmas parties, and to help donate crafts to the elderly. The kids plan to collect cans each night through the end of the fair.

“…This allows the kids to do so many cool projects throughout the year. Put your cans in the barrels at the pulls to help us out,” said Eileen Flynn, parent of 4-H’er Emeri Flynn.

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