The first prize went to the shawl pictured below, the pattern for which is in "A Gathering of Lace," a book I also own.
It is very beautiful and very well done, but I must comfort myself with the knowledge that the body of my shawl is one pattern and the trim is another, and I taught myself how to knit on the trim by picking up edge stitches, and in the winner's pattern, the book SAID how to do it, so nyah.
Here was some of the competition. This one was very lovely:
And then there was this one, which, well, huh. It's very Cher as dressed by Bob Mackie in the 80s if Bob favored acrylic fun fur which, really, he did.
I also got to see real Angora goats, from whence we get mohair (not angora, that comes from rabbits), and see mohair boucle yarn spun by one of the artist exhibitors in the hidden hall of classy (not with a k) handiwork. Thankfully Shelly remembered where it was, as I had forgotten from last year. I have never really been tempted to spin or dye my own yarn until now, as the colors and textures and materials were so gorgeously delicious that I only narrowly avoided humiliating my friends and necessitating a call to the fair police by throwing all the racks of skeins to the floor, stripping off my clothes and rolling in the piles of superwash merino and bamboo blends. I was only allowed an hour in the hall, though, so there just wasn't time. Next year, maybe.