`Family events don’t get much better than this – hands-on activities; fuzzy, approachable animals; entertaining performances; and shopping for mom and dad. Each June, families, knitters and animal enthusiasts attend the free Estes Park Fiber Affair and Wool Market to find all of these great things and more! Those familiar with the wool and fiber industry know this event, held at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, as the largest fiber fest in the West. Families can enjoy tractor rides for kids, a silent auction in the llama tent, and an expanded vendor barn!
New in 2015, The Wooly Wonder Fashion Show! On Saturday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary. The show will feature unique and one of a kind items from your own Wool Market vendors and more! The event is free to attend, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
FACE of Fiber in the Rockies
The FACE of Fiber presents a unique selection of fiber artwork with their juried show June 12th-14th at the Park Village Playhouse, located on the lower level of the National Park Village, 900 Moraine Ave. Browse a variety of fiber art pieces honoring this year’s theme of the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. Jump on the Fiber Affair Trolley and to explore the exhibits around the village, including quilting work, basket weaving, yarn artwork, and more.
Wooly, but not Mammoth
Children and animal lovers enjoy getting up-close and personal with wool-bearing animals of all types. From llamas and alpacas to Angora bunnies and lambs, the Wool Market animals are soft, friendly and delightful. In addition to meeting the animals, attendees can watch animal shows, skill competitions and performances in the arena. Sheep shearing/herding and snap-shot workshops by some of the top professionals in the industry.
Learning and Loving It
It is well known that kids learn the most when they are having fun and taking part in activities. The Fiber Affair offers plenty of opportunities to get your kiddos engaged and learning new things – without them even knowing it! In the children’s tent, they can try spinning and weaving, while also learning how clothes and goods get from farms to their closets.
Show, Shop and Share
In addition to the fun activities, the professionals who participate in the Wool Market show and sell their incredible goods. Showing hand-spun yarns and threads to finished hats, gloves and bags, the skilled artisans display an amazing selection of unique materials and products. Inspired by what you’ve seen? Start your own projects by purchasing the tools right at the market.
Expand Your Skills
In addition to the two-day public Wool Market, the event includes classes and seminars in many wool-related areas of interest during the two preceding days. Industry leaders hold classes on weaving, spinning, dying and more. Pre-registration is required and typically closes in late May. Enjoy single day or two day workshops.
From the Estes Park News: http://www.estesparknews.com/featured_articles/article_3b8a31c0-0fb6-11e5-9271-9ff7d86d2595.html