The third annual Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair was another huge success. The excitement created by natural fiber enthusiasts in our region is so contagious! It was a wonderful recipethat included classes including weaving, dyeing, and repurposing just to name a few. We threw in a generous "pinch" of well known names in the natural fiber industry, Lorna Miser and Stephanie Flynn Sokolov as teachers for our Friday classes.
We “kneaded” in a lovely reception Friday evening for our vendors, breeders, demonstrators and volunteers to enjoy each other’s company and to browse and shop in pre-fair anticipation.
Saturday was an outstanding day filled with the “baking” of our final product, what we had been working for a year to create—a natural fiber event that this region would never forget. We were delighted to have a gorgeous fall day. The sounds and smells that filled the air from the Scottsbluff County Fairgrounds just added to the excitement of our guests. All day music was provided by the Green Valley Homesteaders, and Carmen’s Burritos provided food to keep our guests energized all day long.
Thirty vendors filled the events building with color, warmth, and enough ideas to last through another year of creativity. Ten different product demonstrators, including new additions this year, Tonya Trickel with machine knitting and Issy Anderson with needle and wet felting. Four nationally renowned authors spent time with us, greeting guests and signing copies of their books.
We also showcased ten different breeds of animals that are used to create some of the natural fibers we have all come to appreciate. It was a real education to see these animals and to see their fibers in original form. It is a good reminder to know where our natural fibers originate, and how they are cared for to allow us to use their fiber. All told, there were about 1,000 guests to the event this year. Most of them left with a smile on their faces, already anticipating next year’s event. And what will that hold? Keep checking in with us to find out. We expect to have wonderful new “treats” for your senses.
To enjoy more photos of this year’s event, please see Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair webpage at http://nebraskafiberfair.com/2011/11/2011-fiber-fair-photos/.