Wool & Fiber Festivals

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Wool & Fiber Festivals
Alpacas and llamas often steal the show at wool and fibre festivals. (alpaca llama image by Karen Hadley from Fotolia.com)

For knitters, crocheters, spinners and dyers a wool and fibre festival can be a wonderful experience. Wool and fibre festivals showcase wool-bearing animals including sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats and rabbits. They also offer on-site vending from yarn and fibre stores and independent sellers. Wool and fibre festivals take place in several states, and some are more popular than others.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. The festival's website invites visitors to, "taste lamb, talk to shepherds, enjoy the many presentations and exhibits, and discover a multitude of opportunities to buy materials, supplies, and finished goods from more than 250 vendors." Yarn and fibre lovers from all over the United States flock to Maryland each spring for this festival.

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival Howard County Fairgrounds 2210 Fairground Road West Friendship, MD 21794 410-531-3647 sheepandwool.org

Stitches Festivals

Stitches West in California, Stitches East in Connecticut, Stitches Midwest in Illinois and Stitches South in Georgia are four equally popular wool and fibre festivals. Run by Knitting Universe and "Knitter's Magazine," these festivals take place at different times of the year and the true fibre enthusiast could actually attend them all. The events feature vendors and instructors from all crafts, fibres and walks of life.

Stitches Events XRX Inc. P.O. Box 965 Sioux Falls, SD 57101 800-237-7099 knittinguniverse.com

The New York Sheep and Wool Festival

The New York Sheep and Wool Festival takes place every year in Rhinebeck, New York, around mid-October. Every year since 2001, the festival is named after a different breed of sheep. The festival offers sheep dog trials, fibre-bearing animal displays, workshops, vendors and children's activities.

New York Sheep and Wool Festival Duchess City Fairgrounds 6550 Spring Brook Avenue Rhinebeck, NY 12572 sheepandwool.com

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