Fiber show to be 1st in So. Oregon

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The State of Jefferson Alpaca Association (SOJAA) will hold their 1st Annual FiberMania show at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, in Grants Pass, Nov. 13-14.. Admission is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 9a.m.-5p.m.

Whether you are a fiber artist looking for raw materials or someone who appreciates the talents of those who create fiber art, there will be something for everyone. Along with vendors selling fiber products there will be fiber animal sales, workshops, demonstrations, and a fiber-related used equipment sale. A Just for Fun Full Fleece Show with an emphasis on the commercial market will be held. Ribbons will be awarded to the first three places in each class: wool, alpaca, rabbit, and other natural fibers.

“Southern Oregon has many fiber artists and producers of fiber supplies, but we don’t have any local fiber festivals. With this local show we want to showcase area talent, various suppliers, and educate the public on the benefits of natural fibers versus synthetics,” says Diana Shultz, co-owner of River Mist Ranch Alpacas and event coordinator for the show.

“This is going to be an exciting event highlighting natural fibers from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California,” says Norman Andresen, a committee member for the show. There will be beautiful animals, spinning, weaving, finished products, and lots of information about natural fibers.

On the heels of SOJAA’s successful AlpacaMania show, this fiber show is poised to become an annual tradition. Families and artists are encouraged to attend this free event to learn more.

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