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Well, the 2013 Show and Fair Season is over. The past two weekends we participated in local Craft and Gift Fairs here in Aroostook County, Maine. We are now mapping out our schedule for 2014.
We already know we will be doing the 2nd Annual Winter Crafts/Artisan Market here in Houlton in February. We will also do the Summer Farmers Market in Houlton’s Market Square several Saturdays between Memorial Day weekend and early October. Along the way we will participate in two Craft & Gift Fairs in Monument Park in Houlton and Took-A- Leap Farm’s June and October Open Houses. If you will be in Maine in 2014, come see us.
Other shows and fairs around Maine and elsewhere are under consideration. If you have a local Craft/Gift Fair that you think would benefit with our participation, please let us know as soon as possible. We will consider traveling anywhere in northern New England. Besides our angora yarn, we will have finished angora yarn items and if feasible, one or two of our bunnies.
Seasons Greetings, and a Happy New Year!
We have all heard about things, “”multiplying like bunnies” One of our friends recently had quite a shock. When the family came home one evening, a check of the Rabbitry revealed ten (yes, 10) kits in a cage with a doe that had NOT been bred! The kits, without a nest, didn’t have much of a chance, but due to some fast thinking on the part of our friends, three survived and are healthy, fat, and happy kits. A little investigation and recall of a recent time when the cages were rearranged for cleaning determined how and when the breeding occurred. The bunnies literally were amorous through the adjoining cage wire. So, a word of caution. Keep your cages sufficiently separated so as to avoid any Forbidden Love episodes in your Rabbitry. By the way, the doe is fine and doing a great job with her kits. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Dinah’s kits have opened their eyes. Both of the white bunnies have the pink eyes of the Germans. One of them is getting very frisky, and this morning he/she was making an effort to get out of the next box. It won’t be long now. The two colored kits are very much like their dam and grand-dam in terms of their coloring. They are essentially brown but with some black and gray mixed in. They too are getting frisky like their white sibling. So cute!
This year we are exhibiting our yarn (and bunnies, weather permitting) at local Houlton, Maine shows and markets. In February we had our first showing at the Houlton Recreation 1st Annual Winter Craft Fair. It went well, with HS kids helping with setup and teardown. In April we did the Chamber of Commerce sponsored annual Trade Show and had Abi on display. She did fine, and a bunny sure brings in the kids AND adults!
Since June, we have been doing the Farmers Market in Historic Downtown Market Square on Saturdays. One of those Saturdays was set aside as a Craft Fair in Monument Park. Lots of vendors and lots of fun. We had Ruth and two of her kits on display, and again it was a great draw. Lots of folks commented on our yarn, especially the colors. We answered lots of questions and got suggestions for other craft fairs and venues we could use to exhibit/sell our yarn. There will be another Craft Fair in the Park on August 17th. Come see us if you are in northern Maine! Finally, the annual Riverfront Harvest Fair is coming up in September. If you can’t make these two Fairs this year, put Houlton on your vacation calendar for 2014.
In June we participated in the Took A Leap Farm Open House in Houlton, Maine with a presentation on Angora Rabbits including care, feeding and harvesting the fiber.
In July we were at the Houlton (Maine) Agriculture Fair. We supported a new club, the Rabbit Habbit 4-H Club. One of our bunnies, an informational display and a variety of yarn helped to draw folks into the 4-H tent and provided an introduction to German Angoras for many visitors.