Necessity is the mother of invention

Cathy Felker volunteered to sew textile cozies to replace the freestanding hangars previously in use in the Home Arts Building during the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. The fair takes place Aug. 14–18 this year. Photo submitted

By far, the most beautiful hanger cozies in California are at the Plumas Sierra County Fair. For decades, the Home Arts building has used freestanding hangers to display sewn or knitted garments.

The origin of these fixtures is unknown to present management. The wooden stands are painted white and although functional, are not always kind to some of the finer fabrics used in projects that are displayed. In many cases, instead of draping a delicate entry on something that could snag, the project has been folded and placed on a table or counter. Unfortunately, that does not always give the best presentation. Enter Cathy Felker.

Felker has entered projects in the fair over the years and was justifiably frustrated when a particularly intricate project could not be displayed well. She is not alone. Felker took the bull by the sewing machine and took it upon herself to sew cozies for every hanger the Fair had. The result is a safe and beautiful way to display the amazing work by local textile artists.

All entries in the Home Arts Building this year are free, excluding quilts. This program is being financed by the PCSF Foundation, the nonprofit organization that benefits the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. It is an effort to try and increase the number of entries, which is a direct indicator of the health of any county fair. The offer is extended to all entries in the floriculture and horticulture building as well, excluding the family/organizational gardens. Entry forms are due on July 12 and the actual projects are received at the fairgrounds the week before the fair.

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All the dates and details are in the exhibit guide, available on-line at www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net. A copy can also be picked up at Plumas Bank branches, county library branches or the fair office.

Felker is one of many volunteers who help make the fair the perfect place to show what residents have made, grown or raised. The fair board and management is extremely grateful for the gift Felker has made. In fact, if you do nothing else this year, come to the Fair on Aug. 14-18 and see the cozies with your own eyes!