Judging of the 10th Annual Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Festival Photo Contest has been completed and the exhibit is on display at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center on I-79 near Kirby.
The 108 entries received among the five categories will remain on display until the third weekend of May, when the exhibit will be moved to the Greene County Fairgrounds for the festival, which occurs May 18 and 19. Visitors will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award at the festival.
Winning Best of Show was Samuel Crowe’s first-place entry, “Dance in the Rain,” in the animal category.
“The judges commented that it was one of the best collections they had seen in one contest – very high quality entries all around. They said it was a difficult choice,” said Mary Briggs, coordinator of the Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Festival Photo Contest and Exhibit. Winners in each category receive monetary awards of $20 for first; $15 for second; $10 for third and $5 for fourth, plus ribbons. In addition, a Best of Show rosette and People’s Choice rosette are awarded. The awards and contest are sponsored by Direct Results, Home of the GreeneSaver. Following are the winners in each category:
• Animals – First place, Samuel Crowe, “Dance in the Rain;” second place to Samuel Crowe, “Ducks in the Doorway;” third place, Cathy Butcher, “Imperial;” fourth place, Ann Newman, “2 Birds.” Honorable mention, Breanne Bowman, Taishea Ross, Jerry Hardy and Cathy Butcher.
• People – First place, Elizabeth Rice, “Natali Ramsey;” second place, Carol Lilley, “Fire-fighter Fun;” third place, Phyllis Woods, “Gimmee a Bite;” fourth place, Taishea Ross, “Musing.” Honorable mention, Taishea Ross and Carol Lilley.
• Scenery – First place, Alan Butcher, “Cucumber Falls;” second place, Danielle Crooks, “Reflections;” third place, Alan Butcher, “Cox Farm Bridge;” fourth place, Jerry Hardy, “White Bridge on a Peaceful Snowy Day.” Honorable mention, Jerry Hardy, Alan Butcher and Carol Lilley.
• Still Life – First place, Carol Lilley, “Blast from the Past;” second place, Samuel Crowe, “The Doorway;” third place, Taishea Ross, “Seeing Green;” fourth place, Jerry Hardy, “Backyard Peony.” Honorable mention, Sarah Holzer .
• Youth – First place, Morgan Dubich, “Your Majesty;” second place, Mason Boni, “Doorway to the Past;” third place, Cheyanne Danneker, “Ziggy Man;” fourth place, Leigha Helmbright, “Sunrise.” Honorable mention, Kelsey Willhoft.
In addition to the photo contest and exhibit, the Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Festival offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities celebrating the heritage of wool and lamb and fiber in Greene County. Among the popular activities are the chef’s demonstrations and free sampling of American lamb, border collie dog shepherding shows, live demos of shearing, spinning and weaving, knitting, felting and crocheting.
There is a fiber arts contest for youth and adult entries, classes in knitting, weaving and spinning, and more than 40 vendors offering juried crafts, fiber arts and fiber arts supplies, including a huge selection of natural fibers, fleece, yarn, tools and supplies.
Live musical entertainment and interactive fiber-related children’s activities and free admission make a great family day of fun at the festival staged by Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful, Inc.
A full schedule, entry forms and information are available at www.sheepandfiber.com.