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June 10 & 11, 2017
7th Annual CNY Fiber Arts Festival!
(Always the second full weekend in June)
Hours are 10 am - 5 pm both days
Spinning will be our focus!
Plans for the festival continue to progress nicely. We are always looking for ways to advertise our festival and recently had the opportunity to do just that at the first annual Small Farm & Homestead Fair held at Morrisville State College. The evening networking event and the next day public fair was intended to focus on families and individuals looking for support and information for their small farms and homesteads and their potential growing businesses. This event was put on by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Madison County Agricultural Development and Morrisville College in cooperation with Chicks & Hens, a local business.
Our booth held a display of examples of many of the fiber arts represented at our festival including woven and knitted scarves and shawls, a felted hat, a needle felted sculpture, lots of skeins of yarn, and carded batts and roving of various fibers. The booth also had posters that explained what our group is all about, photos taken at previous festivals, and our planned 2017 workshops and short courses. Besides our take-away advertising postcards, we had membership forms, Resource Guides, and examples of previous festival programs. Between the two of us (Pam Haendle & Viv Fulton) either demonstrating on our spinning wheels and small looms, and the continually filled candy dish, we were able to attract many families who either had not already known about us or were already avid fans. Pam was able to attend the previous night's networking event and speak with new potential sponsors and re-connect with others. Besides a large number of postcards, we also happily sent off a number of membership forms with interested people.
We would like to thank Sue Bowker, Jeanne Angel, Jane Hough, and Mindy Laymon and of course all the festival vendors who had previously contributed to our own personal stashes of fiber goodies making our booth very representative of the entire festival. In spite of the severe cold and windy weather, we considered this outreach a success and would not hesitate to so this or similar events in the future.