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Winter Fair exhibitors do business booth to booth
Mar 7, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
Artisans showed their wares at the Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse alongside booths for local organizations and merchants at the Wyoming State Winter Fair, March 1-3 in Lander.
One booth was covered in colorful ribbon. Riverton woman Laurie Morgan hand-crafted the hundreds of hair bows displayed.
For two years, she's been buying ribbon and creating unique bows. Each features a clip or pony tail tie on the back.
Morgan said her daughter has been an inspiration in her work.
The bows range from the simple to the elaborate, and some take the shape of flowers. Many have buttons in the middle with a cartoon character or other picture on them.
The color of the ribbons often match the centerpiece or feature pictures printed on them.
"Every single bow is different," Morgan said.
To make a bow, she cuts a ribbon, burns the edges so it will not fray, folds it around a pattern, and sews or glues it in place. To make other shapes, she cuts ribbons into petals and sculpts them into the flowers.
She also does custom work and said she recently made Irish-themed bows for all the women in a wedding party and all the female guests at the ceremony.
Morgan calls her business L.C.M. Hairbows (is www.facebook.com/L.C.M.Bows).
Down the aisle from Morgan, another booth featured rustic furniture and horse toys. They were the work of Lander carpenter and elementary school teacher Scott Hemingway and his family.
For 15 years, Hemingway has been cutting wood in the mountains above Lander, sawing it in his sawmill, and using it to build unique pieces.
His booth showed dressers, beds, tables, shelving units and horse toys in several sizes made especially for the Winter Fair.
Much of the wood in Hemingway's creations is left in its original shape. Bed posts will be small logs, cut and finished but still showing otherwise intact, or stool seats will be oddly shaped cross sections of trees.
Other pieces feature wood sawn to show off intricate grain in the wood. Those shapes and grain are important to Hemingway.
"I like the art that's in the wood," he said.
Hemingway also works full-time as a teacher at North Elementary School in Lander.
His twin daughters often worked with him in the past, and he said some of their wood-work won 4-H fairs.
Hemingway's business is called H & H Woods, Log Products and can be reached at 332-4591.
Beckie Yarbor, of Lander, displayed her quilts and textile products at the Winter Fair for the first time this year, but has been sewing for about 30 years.
Her daughters Monica Corson and Rebecca Murray and her sister-in-law Belinda Page work with her to make quilts, aprons, "hobo bags," scarves, table runners and wallets.
A hobo bag is a large fabric bag worn on one side with a several pockets and a wide strap to go over a shoulder.
"You can load it with everything," she said.
Yarbor said she was tired of working for other people, and decided to turn her sewing hobby into a business about a year ago.
"It's easier to do something you love than to go to work and do something you don't love," she said.
On another aisle, "Uncle Milt's" booth showed jars and bottles of spicy, chile-infused products. Milton "Uncle Milt" Dearborn traveled from Cody sell his hot sauces, jerky seasonings and chile jellies. He makes all of the products from natural ingredients. His hottest sauce is a spicy concoction of habanaņeros and peaches. Dearborn's website is www.unclemilts.com.