The Best of Show winner at the Folklife Festival was the Haumesser Family Homestead of Eminence, Mo. which had both a blacksmith and a shawl weaver demonstrating their skills.

The Best of Show winner at the Folklife Festival was the Haumesser Family Homestead of Eminence, Mo. which had both a blacksmith and a shawl weaver demonstrating their skills. Daniel Haumesser, the blacksmith, reported his wall hooks and knives were his best sellers.

The booth displayed gourds, candles, soap and shawls. Amanda Wallace was weaving a shawl, and reported earthy tones were the most popular colors. Her husband, Doug Wallace, carved wooden flowers.

First place among artisans went to Mary Zeiger of Hannibal, a self-taught wheat weaver who has participated in the festival for 34 years. This year her harvest cross was the best seller. It is used to decorate church altars. She has sold her art around the world, Zeiger noted. “I have pieces in Rome and Japan.” She has recently begun using black-bearded wheat from North Dakota, she said, which is very sturdy.

Lee Atkins’ Moose Head Woodworks won second place among artisans. Atkins, who has been in every Hannibal folklife festival, was demonstrating wood carving, as his booth attracted attention with its rocking chairs and a unique rocking chair cradle. The cradle rocker has a 30-inch wide seat and is 5.5 feet long. He made the seat with tulip poplar wood from a tree hit by lightning in Greg Addison’s yard.

The Best of Food award went to the bread pudding served by the Hannibal Business Women of Missouri.

The HAC President’s Choice Award was won by Sandhill Folk Co., where Ron and Donna Johnson of La Grange, Mo., were busy showing their silver and gold works. She said their earrings and rings were the best sellers this year.

Reach Reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.