Family events don't get much better than this - hands-on activities; fuzzy, approachable animals; entertaining performances; and shopping for mom and dad. Each June, families, knitters and animal enthusiasts attend the free Estes Park Wool Market to find all of these great things and more! Those familiar with the wool and fiber industry know this event, held at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, as the largest fiber fest in the West. New in 2014, families can enjoy live music both Saturday and Sunday night, tractor rides for kids, a silent auction in the llama tent, and an expanded vendor barn!
Looking to learn a new skill? Come early for the hands-on workshops on Thursday and Friday, and stay for the festivities on Saturday and Sunday! 2015 workshop registration info comming soon!Wooly, but not Mammoth
Children and animal lovers enjoy getting up-close and personal with wool-bearing animals of all types. From llamas and alpacas to Angora bunnies and lambs, the Wool Market animals are soft, friendly and delightful. In addition to meeting the animals, attendees can watch animal shows, skill competitions and performances in the arena. Sheep shearing/herding and snap-shot workshops by some of the top professionals in the industry.
It is well known that kids learn the most when they are having fun and taking part in activities. The Wool Market offers plenty of opportunities to get your kiddos engaged and learning new things - without them even knowing it! In the children's tent, they can try spinning and weaving, while also learning how clothes and goods get from farms to their closets.
In addition to the fun activities, the professionals who participate in the Wool Market show and sell their incredible goods. Showing hand-spun yarns and threads to finished hats, gloves and bags, the skilled artisans display an amazing selection of unique materials and products. Inspired by what you've seen? Start your own projects by purchasing the tools right at the market.
In addition to the two-day public Wool Market, the event includes classes and seminars in many wool-related areas of interest during the two preceding days. Industry leaders hold Wednesday and Thursday classes on weaving, spinning, dying and more. Pre-registration is required and typically closes in late May.