Michigan Fiber Festival

Get ready for a 4-day fiber experience at the Michigan Fiber Festival. Held at the Allegan Fair Grounds, this is one of the largest fiber festivals in Michigan. Come for the day or spend the weekend. The fair ground offers ample camping spaces and encourages festival-goers to stay and experience the festival each day. There is a huge marketplace full of unique fiber goodies and workshops ranging from spinning and dying fibers to weaving your own baskets. After speaking with Glenda Plummer, chair of the publicity committee, I can see how this festival is celebrating its 21st year.

Gus: Tell me about the history of the Michigan Fiber Festival.

Glenda: The Michigan Fiber Festival is one of Michigan’s largest fiber festivals and is held in beautiful Western Michigan at the Allegan County Fair Grounds. The Michigan Fiber Festival is a fiber arts celebration that promotes the interests of individuals and businesses related to natural fibers. This year’s fiber workshops begin on Wednesday, August 16th with four full days of classes covering all things fiber related including fiber producing animals and their management and care. The festival begins on Saturday, August 19th and runs through 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 20st. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Festival and promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 100 vendors displaying. There are fiber animal shows, a fleece competition, handspun yarn competition and a fiber art show. There will also be food booths and musical entertainment. There are on-going demonstrations throughout the festival on shearing, herding dogs, spinning and weaving. The festival is a family friendly event with many “make and take” activities for the children. There are camping sites available and plenty of parking.

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Enjoy the angora goat show! Photo by Emily Wolhscheid

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

Glenda: The vendors are truly awe-inspiring. There are over 100 booths full of all things fiber related. You can find everything from raw fleeces through ready-to-wear clothing in the market place. There are several buildings full of goodies for sale and they overflow out of doors.

The Michigan Fiber Festival Workshops offer a wide variety of classes taught by some of the fiber world’s finest instructors. Check out the list of offerings on the web site.

Michigan Fiber Festival

Learn new fiber skills from the industries finest instructors. Photo by Andrea Morrison

Gus: What are your biggest festival dos and don’ts for enjoying your fiber festival?

Do: look at the list of workshops and plan to sign up and come early to attend a class of your choice.

Do: plan to attend the Festival all five days and soak up the atmosphere, the comradery with like-minded fiber enthusiasts and the chance to find all of the fiber related supplies you’re in search of all in one place.

Don’t: miss the chance to attend the Mid-West’s largest fiber festival. Don’t rush! There’s so much to see and do you’ll want to allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the festival.

Don’t: forget campsites are available on the festival grounds. Enjoy campfire knitting with your neighbors.

Look for any and all of the additional information you need to make your plans to visit the Michigan Fiber Festival on our web site at www.michiganfiberfestival.org

Michigan Fiber Festival

August 16th – 19th, 2017
Allegan County Fairgrounds
150 Allegan County Fair Drive
Allegan, MI 49010

Find a list of festivals in the United States and Canada at www.spinweave.org/news-events/festivals. Find related Interweave posts on Fiber Festivals!

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