This festival is about more than just the fiber, it is about animals, art and hands-on family fun. Specialty breeds of llamas, goats, rabbits and sheep will be seen, shorn and judged during the two-day free affair at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. The weekend is filled with exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and vendor booths. The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sheep dog herding competitions and sheep shearing demonstrations are held each day throughout the weekend. An announcer will provide play-by-play explanations of the many herding and sheep shearing techniques used by these animals and their handlers.
One of the most popular attractions is the Children's Tent, where visitors, young and old, are invited to try their hands at rope weaving, spinning and loom weaving. Weavers and spinners will be on hand to teach basics and give visitors a chance to try the techniques for themselves.
Sheep, llama, alpaca, cashmere & angora goat competitions, as well as fleece contests are held over the two-day festivities. A knitters paradise, more than 50 vendor booths will be filled with fleeces, raw fibers, novelty knitting and crocheting yarns, and equipment. For those who are less creatively inclined, finished coats, scarves, hats, shawls, and other wool goods will be available for purchase as well.
The weekend's activities are held at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 36 and Community Drive. There is no admission charge to attend the Wool Market.
For information about the festival, contact the Estes Park Visitor Center at 970-577-9900970-577-9900 or visit www.VisitEstesPark.com/Events.For media inquiries, please contact Brooke Burnham with Visit Estes Park at 970-586-0500970-586-0500 or BBurnham@VisitEstesPark.com.