Fiber-producing animals take center stage at Farmpark’s
Woolfest – Fibers and Arts
June 23 – 24; 9 am to 5 pm
Plus Fiber Arts Show – Marketplace
Ever wonder how materials to make a sweater or scarf or other garments produced from fiber? At Woolfest, discover first-hand how the hand-spun and woven products are created from natural fibers, such as the fleece of farm animals. The process begins with removing the fleece from the animal. Watch shearing of sheep, an angora goat, and even a llama. Also, continue the journey by trying your hand at knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, and carding the wool. Demonstrations throughout the weekend include sheep herding, spinning, weaving, and knitting. Woolfest weaves its way into Farmpark 9 am to 5 pm June 23 and 24. Due to the nature of the event, no pets are allowed on Farmpark grounds other than pre-registered animals for shows, classes, or vendors.
Fiber-producing animals take center stage at Woolfest. Get an up-close look and pet many of the breeds of fiber-producing animals – llamas, alpacas, angora rabbits, and 20 different breeds of sheep. Many hands-on crafts, including creating felt balls, are available for children to make. Sign your children up for special spinning and knitting classes upon admission to the park.
The quality of natural fibers, fiber craft supplies, books, and hand-woven, hand-knitted, or handcrafted fiber products are yours to discover at the Fiber Marketplace. Forty vendors from across the Midwest showcase high-quality, natural fiber products from the raw fiber to finished products and demonstrate spinning, loom weaving, knitting and more for sale. Other fine products including garments and art produced from animals’ fibers will also be on display. A complete list of vendors is available online on the Woolfest page at lakemetroparks.com.
The Fiber Art show, featuring works from the Western Reserve Rug Hookers Guild, showcases works of fine artistry in fiber arts and fiber textiles. View nearly 200 pieces of fiber art, including knitted, crocheted, woven, and felted items as well as hand-hooked rugs. Entries will be on display in the Visitor Center now through July 10. People’s Choice award in each category is based on votes by the public viewing the show.
Activities of Woolfest include all of the popular attractions of Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Be sure to visit Farmpark’s Gift Shop for a great selection of unique gift ideas. Also, enjoy lunch or a snack at the J & J Cafe.
Admission to Woolfest for ages 12 – 59 is $6; ages 60 and over, $5; ages 2 to 11, $4; Farmpark members and under 2 are free. A special two-day pass to the Woolfest festival is available for an additional $1 per person. For more information about Woolfest visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276).
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland.
Directions: Take I-90 to the Rt. 306 exit; head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Rt. 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.
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