Just to list a few, there were raw fleeces available, rovings, yarns. There were vendors with processing equipment, combs, carders, and spinning wheels - again, just to name a few. You could also find beautiful finished handmade items. In the department of product, the turnout was great!
There were Llamas, Alpacas, Rabbits, and Sheep on display. Sheep shearing demonstrations... oh, if I had only taken pictures of all the goin' ons!
There were some very impressive items being made as a result of the workshops. There were needle felted Santas that were just incredible. You could make a basket for drying wool. Instructional spinning, knitting, and wool dyeing and wet felting classes were also available.
There was a great turnout for the photo contest - so many fun and great photos to be inspired by. Keep in mind the photo contest when you're out taking pictures this year. The categories were:
- Portraits (sheep and fiber animals)
- Working (herding dogs, guard animals, shearing, feeding, etc.)
- Landscape (that include fiber animals)
- Products (yarn, handmade fiber items, spinning wheel, etc.)
- Junior (all the above classes - age 17 and under)
In the way of competitions, there was also a fleece and skein competition. If you didn't get your entries in, start planning for next year :)
The food was great too!
What I really need here are photos to tell the story. But I'll wrap this up by saying that what I thought made this festival great was the people. From the organizers of the festival, to the fellow vendors, the volunteers, to the visitors of the festival. It was so nice to meet everyone, and get to know those who came out to this new event. It was a great time and I'm already looking forward to the next one! This was a great festival.
p.s. Wyatt would like to say 'thanks' to the ladies who gave him attention and smiled at him - in his little eyes, that is what makes a festival great and he sure had a great time!