Estes Wool Market

The Estes Wool Market is one of the most anticipated fiber festivals in Northern Colorado. Estes Park, a beautiful town nestled at the bottom of the Rocky Mountains, boasts beautiful views, hiking trails, and the infamous Stanley Hotel. On June 10th and 11th, Estes Park will hold its annual Wool Market. Having just moved to Colorado, Estes Park is becoming my go-to destination for a weekend away and I plan to spend the weekend exploring this great event. I hope to see all of you there next month!

Gus: Give me the overview and a brief history of the Estes Wool Market.
Barbara: This is the 27th year for the Estes Park Wool Market. A dedicated group of volunteers started the festival with the intent of bringing regional fiber producers together with fiber consumers.

The market appeals to all ages and is a wonderful opportunity for families to learn about fiber animals by seeing them in person. There will be rabbits, goats, sheep, llamas, paco-vicunas and alpacas on exhibit with experts nearby to answer questions.

Kids of all ages are welcome at the Estes Wool Market! Photo by Stevie Crecelius.

Kids of all ages are welcome at the Estes Wool Market! Photo by Stevie Crecelius.

Gus: Pretend you talking to someone who has never been to your fiber festival, what would you highlight as your “WOW” attractions?

Barbara:This is an opportunity to get very close to the animals and have experts at hand to answer questions. Paco-vicunas aren’t household names yet, but they have sweet dispositions and produce some of the world’s finest fleece. It’s very hard not to fall in love with them at first sight.
The sheep dog demonstrations are among the most popular activities at the market. The border collies are completely focused on herding and taking care of their flock.

These adorable animals produce some of the most sought after fiber on the market today. Photo by Stevie Crecelius.

These adorable animals produce some of the most sought after fiber on the market today. Photo by Stevie Crecelius.

Sheep shearing demonstrations are held throughout the weekend. It’s fascinating to touch the sheared fleece and feel the lanolin that waterproofs the animal’s coat.

The Event Center hosts almost 70 vendors from throughout the United States. It’s impossible to leave the building without making a purchase of fine handcrafted clothing, accessories, high quality and hand dyed yarn just to name a few of the items available. It’s a wonderful place to purchase every kind of fiber related supplies including looms and fleece.

There will be exhibits of fiber art created by local artist at the Estes Park Wool Market and throughout Estes Park that weekend. You can find the exhibits by going to the Fiber Affair website at www.fiberartsep.com.

Come and browse over 70 vendors at the 2017 Estes Wool Market. Photo by Stevie Crecelius.

Come and browse over 70 vendors at the 2017 Estes Wool Market. Photo by Stevie Crecelius.

Gus: What are your biggest festival do’s and don’ts for enjoying your fiber festival?
Barbara: Please do enjoy the sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, rabbits and paco-vicunas, but leave your own pets at home.

Do stand near the alpacas and llamas and listen. You will hear them hum which is their main method of communication.

Do treat the animals with respect and gentleness.

Do have the time of your life while you’re at the wool market and in Estes Park!

Estes Wool Market

2017: June 10th from 9am – 5pm
June 11th from 9am – 4pm

1125 Rooftop Way
Estes Park, CO 80517

For more information, visit: http://www.estesparkeventscomplex.com/wool-market.html

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