Sheep-to-Shawl champions hail from Montour County

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 15, 2015 3:16 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Public Opinion, Ryan Blackwell

(Harrisburg) -- One of the most popular events at the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the Sheep to Shawl Competition, which marked its 36th year.

After shearing a sheep, seven teams had two-and-a half hours to spin, weave, and craft a shawl.

"And our 2015 Pennsylvania State Farm Show champions for the Sheep-to-Shawl are Time Warp from Montour County," the announcer told the crowd.

It's the fourth time the team has taken the top honors and spinner Emily Kephart says the theme of the shawl was "Amber Waves."

"The color palette was picked to represent all the various types of grain that are grown in Pennsylvania and throughout the country," she says. "The weave structure, that's the pattern of the weaving, was chosen to look like waves. So if you look at the shaw, you can see the colors and the waving looks like a wind blowing across a field of grain."

The judging was followed by an auction of the winning shawls.

The highest bid of $1,850 went to the second place shawl, made by a team from Franklin County, called "Friends through Fiber."   

The Time Warp team fetched the second nd highest price, at $1,300.

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