Visitors, exhibitors enjoy Farm to Fiber Festival
September 16, 2021
The first ever Farm to Fiber Festival was held at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds this past weekend.
"It went really well!" organizer Lori Cagle said happily.
So well, she and the other organizers, members of the Wahkiakum Fiber Arts Association, are already thinking about next year.
According to Cagle, vendors traveled from Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to attend the event, and Pygora goat exhibitors came from Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
"All of the vendors were really excited," Cagle said. "They knew it was our first year and they knew it was going to be a little bit slow, but they did really well. I think we had close to 150 people come through."
This year, they also had sheep shearing demonstrations, and next year they hope to add a sheep herding demonstration.
"I go to fiber festivals all the time," she said. "Some of us thought it would be great to have something closer. We thought the fair was a great venue to have an event like this, so we did it as a fundraiser for the fair.
"It was a win/win situation. It brought people into the area, and gave some of the hotels, and bed and breakfasts some business."