FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- West Springfield, Mass. -- October 10, 2013
More Info: Catherine Pappas
Info Line: 413.205.5115
Eastern States Exposition and the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association will co-produce the fourth annual Fiber Festival of New England, Nov. 2 & 3 in the Mallary Complex. Show hours are Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, 9am to 3pm.
The weekend will bring vendors and fiber enthusiasts together to promote the use of wool and other natural fibers and related products to the general public.
The event offers shopping opportunities and fun for the whole family. Visitors may participate in various workshops as well as watch interesting, informative demonstrations. More than 150 New England exhibitors showcase their products including clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels and more.
The Fiber Festival of New England hosts over 200 vendor booths and is a perfect occasion to begin shopping for the holidays. It also offers an educational component for visitors to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through live displays of llamas, alpacas, sheep, rabbits and goats.
A Fiber Fashion Show, featuring handmade clothing and items made from natural fiber, will be held Saturday at 1:45pm. Consider showcasing your fiber-made accessory or garment made out of wool, mohair, alpaca or angora at this fun-filled event. No pre-registration is required, and those interested in this aspect of the show may contact Kathy Rasys at (413) 245-9463 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants should arrive no later than 10am on the day of the show. Volunteer models are also being sought for this event. If interested, please call (413) 205-5011.
A Fleece Sale will be ongoing throughout the Festival and is open to all. Be the first in line to purchase a fleece. Those interested in contributing fleeces: send fleeces to arrive on or before Friday, Nov. 1; or bring them to the Mallary Complex, beginning Nov. 1 from 9am to 6pm. Please include the date shorn, breed of animal and producer information.
David and Iris Westcott of the Rhode Island Spinners Guild in booth 521 East will be teaching spinning and weaving on location and will produce a colorful coat by the end of the Fiber Festival. Want to learn more about fiber crafting? Attend one of the workshops held during the event, including Beginner Rug Hooking and Making a Needle Felted Scarf.
Admission to the Fiber Festival of New England is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information and tickets, please visit FiberFestival.org. All questions can be directed to 413.205.5011.