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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- West Springfield, Mass. -- October 10, 2014

More Info: Catherine Pappas

Communications Manager


Info Line: 413.205.5115



Fiber enthusiasts are coming together for the fifth annual Fiber Festival of New England, Nov. 1 & 2 in the Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition. Hours are, Sat., 9am - 5pm and Sun., 9am - 3pm. The event, co-produced by the Exposition and the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association, promotes the use of wool and other natural fibers and related products to the general public.  


More than 150 New England exhibitors will be showcasing their products including clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels and more. On Saturday, November 1, visitors may participate in various workshops.


In addition to being an ideal holiday shopping opportunity with handmade items from over 200 vendor booths, Fiber Festival is a great educational experience for visitors to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through live displays of llamas, alpacas, sheep, and rabbits.


Activities include:

    • >A Fiber Fashion Show, featuring handmade clothing and items made from natural fiber, will be held Saturday at 1:45pm. Showcase your fiber-made accessory or garment made out of wool, mohair, alpaca or angora at this fun event. No pre-registration is required, and those interested may contact Kathy Rasys at (413) 245-9463 or via email at kathyrasys@hotmail.com. Participants and anyone wishing to model should arrive no later than 10am on the day of the show.
  • >The Make It With Wool Competition is a national competition in which contestants select, construct and model their own garments. Make It With Wool promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns and encourages creativity in sewing, knitting and crocheting. The competition is open to entrants of all ages.
  • >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 should send fleeces to arrive on or before Friday, Oct. 31, or bring them to the Mallary Complex, beginning Oct. 31 from 9am to 6pm. Please include the date shorn, breed of animal and producer information.
  • >Spinning Tales by Carolyn Stearns, Nov. 2, 11am and 1pm
  • >Sheep Shearing demos will also take place throughout the weekend.


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.



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