Make plans to attend the 2017 CNY Fiber Festival! It is being held on June 10 and 11 from 10:00 - 5:00 both days at the Butternut Hill Campground on Route 20 in Bouckville, NY. Our focus this year will be on Spinning. As we finalize plans, be watching the Additional Highlights webpage and especially the new Featured Event webpage for the annoucement of our featured fiber artist(s). We hope to educate and entertain you as we did at last year's event talks by two talented weavers - Sue Szczotka and Rabbit Goody. Rabbit also conducted her Textile Roadshow. This year besides our Spinning emphasis, we expect more than 100 booths filled with natural fibers, yarn, roving, fiber arts supplies, and all manner of handmade fiber products and related farm products. Fiber animals will be on display, and there were many activities for children. With free exhibits and demonstrations, and almost everything under cover, the festival will be another great blast of Summer fun. At our 2016 fiber festival we brought back a dog herding demonstration thanks to Jack Cymerman of Stoneleigh Farm & Kennel and we're hoping to be able to bring him back!! Jim Baldwin from Foxfire Farm will again be showing us all how to shear sheep and he'll also be showing you how to skirt a fleece - the next step in turning raw fiber into yarn! By popular demand, Tim Carr Music will be back for both days for hours of background music for your listening pleasure. We expect to again have exciting Workshops including an evening one (or two) so make sure you register early to get in! We may also be adding a few shorter length mini-workshops on selected topics so you need not miss too much of the rest of the festival. Our Fiber Fleece Sale returns for TWO full days & we expect will continue to grow. Our Wheel Corral where folks could try out different brands of spinning wheels or take a mini-lesson on learning to spin with one of the attentive instructors will return to the rear of Tent A. We always make periodic additions to the What's New webpage as plans progress - so check back often. Don't forget to review our Vendor & Exhibitor Listing here - the list is current now for 2016 and is will be periodically updated as the reservations are finalized. Our Vendors are well worth supporting all year so please support them outside the festival dates. Food vendors are also listed at the end of that page with their anticipated menus and we anticipate them all returning.
The admission remains the same at $6 per person with children under 12 free and we always had plenty of FREE parking. Not a bad price for a whole day's worth of entertainment and education besides!
There are many photos of previous festivals here so check it out. Make plans now to attend in June. Come help us celebrate our 7th Year!
Easy to get to, the festival is right on the scenic Route 20 Byway in central New York. Use 6893 State Highway 20 in Bouckville 13310 for setting your GPS or check out our Map here
—From the North and South
Our vendors, linked by fiber, are representative of an extensive and varied community of artisans we were proud to showcase at our festival. Throughout the festival on both days, many will be demonstrating their crafts. These demonstrations are all free and questions are encouraged. We make sure that our fiber Festival is one that is not only fun, but educational. We want you to be aware of the connection between that unique handwoven scarf and the gentle bunny and sheep that grew the fabulous fiber for it. If you talk with our vendors and exhibitors, you will learn why they do what they do and how that love is woven into the one-of-a-kind item in your hand. Your purchases mean you are able to bring home a piece of that pride and joy with you. Know that your purchase not only supports a local and independently owned business, but that you are also strengthening the entire economic base of our community. The reduced environmental impact of buying local makes this a better world for us all.
CNY Fiber Artists and Producers continues to add names to our vendor waiting list and mailing invite for each year. Please contact Pam if you would like to be added to that list.
We were excited about our previous year's Fleece Sales of raw fiber from many of the fiber animals raised in our area, including all breeds of sheep, angora rabbits, angora goats, cashmere goats, alpacas, and llamas. This is always a great venue for local producers to present their prized fiber harvests to the public, and a great opportunity for novice and professional fiber artisans alike to acquire those core raw materials that ultimately inspire our creativity. The Fiber Sale will again be held for two days. See the respective website pages for detailed information about this year's Fiber Sale; the details like the sale hours of 10am until 5pm on Saturday and 10am until 3:30pm on Sunday are all there.
Be sure to keep your festival program. It is a cool souvenir of a great fibery summer weekend but will also be a valuable resource over the rest of the year providing you sources of fiber, fiber animals, fiber equipment, mills, fiber processing, finished products and other services related to fiber animals and fiber arts. Our vendors come predominantly from central New York and surrounding areas. We hope you'll appreciate having this handy reference guide to this collection of independent farmers and craftsmen, many of whom will be here at the festival. We hope to have a few additional copies available; if you know you won't be able to pick one up at the festival and would like a hard copy, contact Pam, our President.
And don't forget to support all of our sponsors. Their assistance is vital to making our festival and our other activities a success. We couldn't do it without them. If you want to help support our efforts, we'd love to have you join us as a sponsor too. Go to the membership page to sign up. Your assistance is always appreciated.
Thank You to our Sponsors!
|2016 Silver Sponsors||2016 Gold Sponsors||2016 Platinum Sponsors|
Mary Lou Thall of
Triple Creek Farm
|Kent Nutrition Group-
|Pam Haendle of
Hermit Pond Farm
|Curt Akin & Jackie Jones of
Down In The Country
||Jim Buddenhagen of
Farm & Family Insurance
|Sue & Bob Bowker|