If you are a wool enthusiast, a patron of the fiber arts, a lover of sheep and alpacas, then The Sheep and Fiber Fest is the must-see event of the year. This annual festival brings together all things wool related, from the livestock to the hand crafts. This festival has it all. Held at the Greene County Fairgrounds, this niche festival draws surprisingly large crowds, spake with knowledge and excitement. Indeed, once there, it is hard not to be enthralled in the mastery of tending sheep and artistry of crafting fine woolen products. Furthermore, this specialty festival enthusiastically furthers the efforts of one of Pennsylvania’s great and yet under-celebrated industries – wool.
At the Sheep and Fiber Fest, guests can enjoy a fun-filled day exploring the many facets of natural fiber production and use. The Sheep Breed Pavilion is a must see for kids and adults alike. See the variety of sheep breeds and learn about their unique traits and uses. Visit the alpaca booth and learn about the differences between sheep and alpacas. Throughout the day, watch sheep & alpaca shearing and dog shepherding. Juried craft and fiber art supply vendors are setup indoors displaying a wide variety of items made from natural fibers (sheep, alpaca, and others) and assorted finished crafts related to the fiber field. This is THE place to buy yarns, fleeces and supplies for your own fiber arts projects.
Exhibits at the Sheep and Fiber Fest are a must-see. The fiber to shawl competition is surprisingly exhilarating as spectators watch a bag of raw fiber carded, spun and woven into beautiful shawls. These one-of-a-kind shawls are auctioned off at the end of the day. There is also various photo contests and fiber arts contests, in which talented entries are put on display for everyone’s enjoyment. A list of children’s activities are offer during the weekend, and early registration is encouraged as these specialty events fill up fast. Live music plays through the weekend as well. And lastly, the lamb meets it’s conclusion at the end of the knife – the chef’s knife to be exact. Lamb is available for purchase, and chefs on-site demonstrate how to prepare the delicate meat.
Admission is free and Parking is on-site.