Indiana's Annual Fiber and Music Festival
|A bounty of beautiful fleeces could be found in the fiber arts booths. Photos courtesy of Jerry Merriman.|
|A local 4-H group brought alpacas to greet visitors.|
|The day was enjoyed by fiber and music lovers of all ages.|
As most handspinners know, spending time surrounded by people who share your passions is a singular experience-one that can leave you full of inspiration and energy. The Indiana Fiber and Music Festival has been fusing the passions of fiber artists and musicians for the last four years. This year's event, which was held in Clarksville, Indiana, on April 26 and 27, was a great success. In addition to sixteen musical acts and copious fiber retail opportunities, a local 4-H group brought several alpacas and spent time talking to visitors about the animals. This year's event was held at a new venue, which worked well and allowed musicians to play alongside vendors as well as in an outdoor shelter. As organizer Jerry Merriman put it, "The attendees left happy, the vendors left happy, and the musicians left happy—you cannot ask for more than that."
The town of Clarksville, which joined the Arts Council of Southern Indiana to sponsor the festival, is located along the Ohio River and is part of the Greater Louisville Metro Area. The event was well-covered by local media throughout the Louisville area, and fiber artists (including happy fiber folks at Grinny Possum Fiber Arts) had a chance to share their crafts on local TV station WDRB—click here to see them in action!
To see pictures of this year's Indiana Fiber and Music Festival, check out the event's Facebook page. Interested in joining the fun? Next year's event will be held on April 25 and 26, 2015.