Demonstrating at the National Western Stock Show each January is considered by some Guild members to be the highlight of their year. It is a 16-day opportunity to demonstrate our arts of spinning and weaving to the public. The Stock Show is a well-attended event featuring livestock and sundry related interests at the Stock Show complex at the intersection of I’s 25 and 70. It’s like an indoor People’s Fair with an agricultural bent.
For the past three years Rocky Mountain Weavers’ Guild has partnered with the Colorado State University Agriculture Department in their AgAdventure area where we are able to create the segue from live animals to fiber-related arts and products. The AgAdventure area is located on the third floor of the Education Building, where we share space with various agricultural commodity groups such as the sugar-beet and wheat growers, egg producers, and 4-H.
Meri Moller and Audrey Cheadle will sign people up to fill time slots for morning and afternoon shifts from January 12 through 27. All are invited to fill one or several of these shifts as a Weaver or as a Spinner. If you prefer to weave, the Guild loom will be available for your demo use. If you prefer to spin, you are invited to bring your own wheel and fiber. Each volunteer receives a free admissions pass and a parking pass to a nearby lot. The admissions pass of course allows each volunteer to roam the grounds before and after their shift and provides access to countless vendors, including several alpaca ranches, as well as the animal-judging events. Tickets for rodeos can be purchased separately.