Northern Michigan Lamb And Wool Festival

Northern Michigan Lamb And Wool Festival – Held at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds the last weekend of September, Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival showcases fiber for all crafters and non-crafters alike. With over 80 vendor booths, you will find yarn, books, tools, fiber and supplies. There are also vendors with ready-made items such as clothing, soaps, candles, pottery, archery bows, baskets, etc. Enter for daily door prizes and join us Sunday to experience a “sheepishly” fun scavenger hunt for festival bucks. Throughout the weekend, look forward to classes, guild displays, exhibits, demonstrations and live music. There is no admission or parking fees.

Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool festival 2014
Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool festival 2014

Top 5 events to see at the festival: Vendors, Classes, Guild Displays, Exhibits, Demonstrations

Festival address:
2300 Rifle River Trail
West Branch, Michigan, 48661
United States

Festival / event dates: September 27, 2014 – 9/28/2014

Festival genre: Arts and craft festivals

5 words to describe this great event: The Friendliest Fiber Festival Around!

Select a date you would like your event listed: Right away!

Openings for vendors still available to purchase?: Yes and vendors are allowed to create and sell custom event products

Email: nmlwf@yahoo.com

Top five events to check out: You Made That Workshops, I Can Spin Anything Contest, Start With Pink Fiber Show, Sheep and Pature Seminar, Shearing School

Five words associated with this festival: Friendliest Little Fiber Festival Around!

Festival Genre: Arts festival

Expected Attendance: 500

2013 Lamb and Wool festival dates:

9/28/2013 to September 29, 2013

Official Website: www.lambandwoolfestival.com

Openings for vendors still available to purchase?: Yes and vendors are allowed to create and sell custom event products

If you’re looking for an intimate, low-key yet comprehensive fiber festival, at the perfect time of year, you’ve come to the right place! We work to bring together fiber fan(atic)s with small producers of fiber products, and we have a great time doing it!

History of the Northern Michigan Lamb And Wool Festival

The Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival got its start in 1998, when Jeanie Prentice went to the Ogemaw County Fair and the Michigan Fiber Festival at Allegan in the same week. She was enchanted with MFF and felt the beautiful Ogemaw County Fairgrounds had a lot of potential for hosting its own fiber festival. Jeanie was particularly interested in trying to bring together shepherds who are interested primarily in wool and those interested primarily in meat production.

She also found that running her own farm and trying to be a vendor at MFF was difficult, because of the distance. Reasoning that other northern Michigan vendors might have the same experience, she approached her local guild and asked what others thought. Two members, Jeanne Stock and Mary Reinke, were immediately interested and promised to help.

The next step was to look for funding to start the festival, and to build a relationship with the fair board. Jeanie talked to shepherd and shearer Jim Bristol, who arranged a donation of $500 from the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association, and $500 from the local sheep group, and got an OK from the fair board.

The first festival opened in 2000, with a recipe for success that can’t be beat: treat vendors, teachers, students, and other attendees as friends, and make the festival feel like a family reunion. The hardworking efforts of the volunteers has made this the friendliest little fiber festival around. “We may not be the biggest, but we aim to please!”

We would like to thank the following businesses and other groups who have provided monetary and in-kind support to the Northern Michigan Lamb # Wool Festival over the past eight years:

Ogemaw County Fair Board
Michigan Sheep Breeders Association
American Sheep Industry
And many, many thanks to our vendors, those who took a chance and have stuck with us through the years, as well as those who are new each year. We know that the vendors are the heart and soul of any fiber festival, and we appreciate each and every one of you!

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