by Sarabeth Parido
The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival is a week away! It is an exciting and immersive festival for producers and crafters alike. The festival grounds come alive with a vibrant array of wool and fiber-related activities, showcasing the rich diversity of this versatile medium. Whether you're a seasoned fiber artist or a curious beginner, this post will serve as your guide to exploring and maximizing your time at a fiber festival.
Explore the Vendor Booths:
As you step into the festival, prepare to be enthralled by a myriad of vendor booths showcasing an incredible assortment of fiber products. Visit the Agriculture Tent, sponsored by funds from the Ag Commissioner’s Ag Tag Fund, this booth promotes our producers and associations and furthering education in raising small ruminants for fiber. Take your time to browse through the stalls, carefully examining the quality and variety of yarns, rovings, and fibers available and maybe catch sight of an alpaca of a different color! Engage with the vendors, ask questions about their products, and learn about the different types of wool and fibers they offer. This exploration will provide inspiration and help you discover unique materials for your future projects.
Attend Workshops and Demonstrations:
Our Festival boasts a diverse range of workshops and demonstrations conducted by skilled artisans and industry experts. These sessions offer invaluable opportunities to learn new techniques, refine existing skills, and gain insights into various fiber-related crafts. From spinning and weaving to dyeing and felting, there's a workshop to suit every interest and skill level. While a few of our workshops have already sold out, many of our workshop instructors have extended their registration - be sure to visit our website to save your seat today! www.kentuckysheepandfiber.com/ksffworkshops
Participate in Hands-On Activities:
There will be many hands-on activities that allow attendees to try their hand at different fiber arts. Aside from what each of our vendors will offer, our Platinum Sponsor, The Woolery will be showcasing their internationally renown fiber arts skills with demonstrations throughout the festival. We will also be having shearing demonstrations throughout the weekend, giving a close up view of the entire process.
Engage with the Fiber Community:
The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival is a gathering of like-minded individuals who share a passion for all things wool and fiber. Take advantage of this vibrant community by striking up conversations with fellow attendees, artisans, and vendors. Share your experiences, seek advice, and exchange ideas. These interactions can lead to new friendships, collaborations, and a sense of belonging within the fiber arts community. The Kentucky Sheep and Wool Association, The Kentucky Goat Producers Association as well as The Kentucky Alpaca and Kentucky Llama and Alpaca Associations will all be present and have information available during the festival. Many spinners guilds and artists groups will also be in attendance- it’s a great time to network and share.
The Festival offers a treasure trove of experiences for anyone passionate about the fiber arts. Whether you're looking to expand your skills, discover new materials, connect with fellow fiber producers, or simply revel in the creative energy of the event, there is something for everyone. By exploring vendor booths, attending workshops, participating in hands-on activities, engaging with the fiber community, and enjoying the various events, you'll make the most of your time at the festival and ignite your passion for the wonderful world of fiber arts. Gate admission is $5, and children 12 and under are free! Visit our website for more information: www.kentuckysheepandfiber.com.
Sarabeth Parido, is the Director of the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival and The Kentucky Fiber Trail. She raises her own small flock of sheep in Clark County, Kentucky along with her husband and four sons.