They’re been many creative programs and show developed this year to try and replace some of the feel, the taste, the experience of the Wisconsin State Fair, but what about the vendors that would normally be in the barns?
Carol Black from Columbus is not only a fiber artisan herself, she’s also working with the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative to help other fiber artisans connect with their clientele normally seen at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Black says the fair disappearing crushed many small businesses and artisans that would have been a part of the Wisconsin Wool Works booth right next to the sheep pens at the Wisconsin State Fair. She notes that it wasn’t just about the sale itself – it was also about the exchange of information and people watching artists at work.
In an effort to keep those connections going, the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative have created an on line, one shop stop for all things Wisconsin wool. Wisconsin Wool Works allows shoppers to know they’re buying from Wisconsin artists and businesses and the quality is top notch.
Black says it doesn’t replace the physical interaction people enjoy at the state fair experience, but hopefully it helps the two sides still stay connected.