Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival

What better way to ween myself off of my crafty Ren Fest weekends than to surround myself in crafty goodness at a fall festival!

The Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, KS occurs in third full weekend in October. It started as a craft show in the late 1950s, to celebrate the leaves turning and the harvest coming in. I couldn’t believe how much there was to see. It spread across the whole city of Baldwin! Over 300 vendors, a 5k run, a parade, it had it all.

There were quite a few fiber-related booths out too! I saw a lot of the microwave bowl cozies, those super-simple table runners, one fair-trade Peruvian alpaca booth, and so many American Girl doll clothes.

However, I ended up mostly buying perishables: homemade salsa, pickles, candied jalapeños, maple wild boar jerky, a hard apple cider slush with caramel vodka, and some particularly amazing kettle corn.

I did get to celebrate the festival in my own, fibery way:

Leafy autumn hat crochet

I first saw this Leafy Autumn Hat on Pinterest, and knew I had to make it for this festival! (and I got to use up a bunch of scraps!) I didn’t like how the original looked like open work, so I did bring down the hook size to an I, and to make up for that I added an extra stitch repeat. I love how it turn out (and so did these Shetland sheep!)

Leafy autumn hat crochet shetland sheep

If you find yourself near Baldwin during the 3rd weekend in October, it’s well worth your time! I found out there’s also a quilt show that I completely missed! That just means I’ll have to go back next year (and get some more of that kettle corn!).

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