As the shadows of summer continue to grow into the chill of fall, we all know that means one thing – fall fiber festivals! There are plenty around the country and, for me, what helps make the change into autumn far more tolerable.
Here are some of the great ones you will find around the country:
New York State Sheep & Wool Festival
For me, this is the big one! Most commonly known as “Rhinebeck,” this is a multi-day event that offers the fiber fanatic the latest from indie spinners, family-owned farms, and fiber tools. There are also classes on a daily basis. I look forward to it every year. If you are anywhere near the area, I highly suggest checking it out!
The 2019 Taos Wool Festival
This festival is on my list to attend someday.
The Taos Wool Festival takes place at the beginning of October. The entire event is completely juried, meaning you will experience the best of the best!
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival
Located at the Clarke County Ruritan Fair Grounds, the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival located in Berryville, Virginia is a two-day event that offers the best in fiber vendors, classes, and even a fleece sale.
Autumn Fiber Festival
Local fiber producers, craftsmen, and artists will be brought together at the Autumn Fiber Festival in Ashland, Ohio to display and sell their wares, demonstrate their skills, and educate the visiting public about natural fibers and their importance to the Ashland community. What might be the best part is the event benefits the Ashland County Food Bank and local 4-H Club.
The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Fletcher, North Carolina offers something from everyone – including Blue Ridge Border Collies herding demonstrations! This special demonstration will take place on the Covered Arena, just north of the McGough Arena on Sunday at 10:00 am, noon and 2:00 pm.
So what fiber festivals do you attend in the fall? What do you look to purchase? Make sure to share in the comment section below.