Spinning in public at NAILE
|The Friendship Spinning Guild demonstrating in Louisville, Kentucky. Photos: Kate Larson.|
|NAILE also includes a wool show. I was very happy to see this pile of yet-to-be-displayed beauties.|
For many American livestock producers, NAILE (North American International Livestock Expo) in Louisville, Kentucky, is a major highlight of the annual calendar. As "the world's largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition," there is tremendous energy and bustle in the huge complex of buildings that holds the entire event in Louisville each November.
Outside the entrance to the sheep barn, local spinning groups are given a prominent demonstration area, complete with benches for onlookers. Spinners always draw a crowd! The day I visited this year, I was happy to see the Friendship Spinners Guild from Frankfort, Kentucky, sharing their love of the craft. I had a nice chat with Linda Donahoe and her fellow spinners about their guild, which invites members from northern Kentucky as well as southern Indiana. The guild has been active since 1986 and has just recently created a Facebook page to help share news and events. Members demonstrate each year at NAILE as well as at the Kentucky State Fair and ColorFest at Burnheim Arboretum and Research Forest.
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