By Sharon Parker
|State Fair photo magnets from Painted Fish Studio|
You'll likely find the presence of HandmadeMN artists and makers throughout the fair, possibly even standing next to you when you least suspect it. I know I'll be spending some time in the poultry barn to sketch and photograph the chickens when I visit.
Displays and Competitions
In the Ag-Hort building, check out the exhibit Ways to Help Honey Bees and Other Pollinators by Myla Meyer, whose shop, Sweet Bee Honey, offers honey and beeswax goodies from her own hives. Also look for her beeswax candle in the Bee and Honey exhibit area.
|Garden Leaves pillar beeswax candle by Myla Meyer|
Also in the Ag-Hort building, look for granola and granola bars created by Nicole Aufderhar, who may be better known for her hand-bound leather journals that she sells at several art fairs throughout the summer and also in her Etsy shop, Wayfaring Art.
|One of Nicole's leather journals — because she was too busy baking for the fair to send me a photo of her cookies.|
I neglected to ask whether she serves any of her award-winning cookies at the art fairs she participates in.
Greg Just, whose Etsy shop Just Turned, showcases his woodturning creations, has entered three items in the Handcrafts/Wood category in the Creative Activities building: two bowls and a birdhouse. The birdhouse got a first place ribbon, and a segmented bowl, pictured below, got fourth.
|Segmented wood bowl by Greg Just, which won a 4th-place ribbon at the fair|
|State Fair shawl by Mary Ellen Kutz|
The West End Market
Heading on over to the West End Market, you'll find many independent small business shops with booths at the fair featuring handmade goodness, too. Including some items from HandmadeMN makers.
Christine Burnes will have some fun pin-back buttons and magnets for sale at the I Like You booth, which you can take a peek at in her online shop, BenTine Buttons. She also makes hand-spun yarn, jewelry and paintings, all available from her Etsy shop, Kaleidoscope Kitty.
|Buttons by Christine Burnes, sold in the I Like You booth|
Brenda Irwin, whose Etsy shop is called Light Reading, will have some of her Minnesota-themed lampshades for sale at the Piccadilly Prairie booth, also in the West End Market.
|Lamp shades by Brenda Irwin, available at Piccadilly Prairie|
In case you missed it, in July, the Ramsey County Fair featured some blue-ribbon entries from Karrie Norenberg Blees, Etsy shop Sewing for the Harvest.
Her blue-ribbon winners were a brooch made of zippers (fabric clothing accessory category), an upcycled dress, a leather handbag made from discarded coats, and an 1895 lingerie set of corset, chemise and drawers —which also won the grand champion ribbon for the clothing division.
|1895 lingerie set that won at the Ramsey County Fair, by Karrie Norenberg Blees|