Yes, the Spring-show season is settling in. We’ve got several in place with applications out to many more.
March 17, 2018. For the Love of Fiber. State College, PA. Our first show is in the middle of Pennsylvania, the home of Penn State University. We did this show last year, and greatly enjoyed it. Last year, they had a lot of folks milling about before and after their classes. Seemed very popular! The website of For the Love of Fiber has a link for this year’s classes … we’ll save you the step! Click here to read about them and register. The show is moving this year from Bellefonte, PA, at the Match Factory, to a larger venue – the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in State College. It’s an exciting time for this one-day show. While we’ll miss Big Spring Spirits in Bellefonte, it’s nice to see the Centre Knitters Guild and other participating guilds expanding.
April 6-8, 2018. Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. Pittsburgh, PA. Our second show on the 2018 calendar is three days in Pittsburgh, PA, starting on April 6, 2018. It’s the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival! It’s an exciting year for this festival. They’ve moved from their old location to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, a massive facility at 1.5 million square feet. The festival has a ton of classes. Check their schedule here, and be sure to grab the ones you want before they fill up.
April 14-15, 2018. Allentown Fiber Festival. Allentown, PA. The next weekend, April 14 and 15, we’ll be at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA, for the 3rd Annual Allentown Fiber Festival (formerly, Steel City Fiber Festival). They’re still finalizing their classes, so be sure to check their website for updates.
April 28, 2018. Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival. Vernon, CT. A couple of weeks later, we’ll be in Connecticut for a one-day show on Saturday, April 28. We did this show a few years back, but had to stop because work got in the way. No more! This will be the 109th consecutive year for the Connecticut Sheep , Wool & Fiber Festival. It’s held at the Tolland Ag Center in Vernon. We greatly enjoyed the show before, and look forward to doing it again. The show does a wonderful job of having demonstrations all day including spinning and shearing. It’s a rain-or-shine event, so be sure to mark your calendar.
May 19-20, 2018. Waynesburg Sheep and Wool Festival. Waynesburg, PA. Two days of sheep, herding dogs, and wool … what could be better? Check out their site here and get directions here. It’s about an hour’s drive south of Pittsburgh … appears closer to West Virginia!. The Festival started in 2004, and is a well-deserved destination for fiber folks. Last year, they had 56 vendors, shearing, shepherding, cooking, and lots of events for kids. We’re new to the show, so 56+.
June 2-3, 2018. Maine Fiber Frolic. Windsor, ME. While we wait for other Spring shows to set their vendor lists, we’ll share a June show that is going to be quite the trek for us … the 18th Annual Maine Fiber Frolic. We planned on attending for years, but schedules never seemed to work out. They have about 100 vendors and lots of workshops – plus almost an entire barn devoted to the fleece sale. It’s located in Windsor, just outside Augusta. C’mon, you know you want to make a vacation out of it! (Logo by Candy Cartier.)
Fall shows are starting to come in …
September 8-9, 2018. Garden State Sheep Breeders Sheep & Fiber Festival. Ringoes, NJ. This show was so much fun last year! Our entire inventory of Shaker Boxes got sold out! It was a great problem to have, but we’ll be overstocked this year, so don’t hesitate to buy several! Their website is chock full of information. Lots of animals, demonstrations, and contests – and a wonderful fleece sale with lots of breeds from which to choose. Last year, in between herding contests, we saw the most beautiful Border Collies keeping a small flock of sheep in their corner. A sheep would take a step away from the fence, and all the BC seemed to do was twitch, then the sheep scurried back. Last year had 86 vendors in three barns. We’ll be in Barn 1 at the front with a double booth. The Hunterdon County Fairgrounds is very easy to find. As soon as you park and enter the event, there we’ll be. Please stop by and say hello!