Shepherds Harvest Fiber Festival

Back in 2017 Gus Baxter took some time to interview Deb Schaber of the Shepherds Harvest Fiber Festival to learn more about this amazing Minnesotan event. The 2018 festival is coming up in May, specifically May 11–13, so we thought it would be nice to revisit their conversation and remind you to check out this fabulous fiber festival if you’re in the area. —Christina

The Shepherds Harvest Fiber Festival is the largest fiber event in all of Minnesota. Each year, this festival draws in over 100 vendors, multiple industry designers, and crowds of enthusiasts ready to share their love for fiber. Deb Schaber, executive director of the Shepherds Harvest Fiber Festival, took some time to answer my questions about her wonderful event.

Shepherds Harvest spinning class. Photo by Shepherds Harvest.

Shepherds Harvest spinning class. Photo by Shepherds Harvest.

Gus: Tell me about the history of the Shepherds Harvest Festival?

Deb: Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival is Minnesota’s premier event for wool and sheep lovers, the largest fiber festival in the state. Over 100 vendors of fiber and fiber animal related products show their wares at the Festival through a juried selection of vendors of unique products. If its fiber related, you probably will find a vendor with just what you have been looking for. Numerous classes are offered in the fiber arts – geared for all levels of experience – from the beginner to the expert. Each year, we offer some classes in the less well-known fiber arts so students can expand their crafts expertise. Don’t miss over 25 demonstrations and exhibits and get a firsthand look at a wide variety of sheep & Llama breeds.

Shepherds Harvest Fiber Festival

Yak from Clear Spring Farm. Photo by Shepherds Harvest.

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

Deb: The Shepherds Harvest Festival truly has something for everyone and especially your mom on mother’s day! We have several breeds of sheep, llamas, rabbits and even a yak on display. There are over 120 vendors selling products and over 30 FREE demos from shearing to spinning wool into a skein.

Shepherds Harvest Fiber Festival

A young spinner at Shepherds Harvest! Photo by Shepherds Harvest.

Gus: What are your festival do’s and don’ts for enjoying your fiber festival?

Do bring your whole family for a day of fun!
Do what the Llama obstacle course
Do learn how to process wool to yarn, while watching the free demos

Don’t miss the Sheep herding Demos
Don’t forget to bring your mom!

Shepherd's Harvest
Shepherds Harvest Fiber Festival
Friday, May 11 (Classes only)
Saturday, May 12 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, May 13 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Rain or Shine!

Washington County Fairgrounds
Lake Elmo, MN
Intersection of County Rd 15 & State Hwy 5

Children (0-8) ……..Free

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Yours in yarn,
– Gus C. Baxter

Have a fiber festival we need to know about? Let us know in the comments! Find a list of festivals in the United States and Canada at Find related Interweave posts on Fiber Festivals!

Posted May 6, 2017. Updated April 24, 2018.

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