Celebrate Spring at the Shepherds Harvest Festival May 15-17
Lake Elmo, Minn., (May 1, 2015) Once upon a time, this festival was just an idea in the minds of a handful of shepherds. In 1997, the varied fibers of small flock owners were not what the big mills were looking for so, a small group of dedicated wool enthusiasts and shepherds decided to sit bravely in the spring cold, with bags of fresh fleeces, willing to speak to any fiber customer who would listen.
Through the years, many dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly to sustain and support this little festival. Many vendors, teachers and visitors come every year creating a rich history and tradition for sheep and wool lovers in the region. But its the dedication, curiosity and passion of the entire community that has sustained it through the years and woven the rich tapestry of talent we celebrate each year.
Families can enjoy a hands on exploration of sheep breads, try out classes in simple and extraordinary textile arts and show the richly colored, useful goods crafted by these artists and farmers. Learn how to grow your own socks, spin your own sweaters and turn the fleece of one sheep into self-made heirlooms for your whole family.
Self proclaimed fiber fanatics can meet the shepherds who work all year to bring you the freshest, finest, locally grown wool. Build your skills in fleece preparation, hand-spinning, natural dyes, felting, weaving, rug-hooking and more. Enter your own handiwork in the handspun and felting competitions and soak up this annual gathering of tools, trade and tradition.
Shepherds Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival is Minnesotas premier event for wool and sheep lovers, the largest fiber festival in the state. Patrons can shop over 130 vendors, choose from over 35 classes, see over 25 demonstrations and exhibits and get a firsthand look at a wide variety of sheep breeds. The 18th annual Festival is open Saturday, May 16th 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, May 17th 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Washington County Fair Grounds. Admission is $5 at the door, and parking is free. www.ShepherdsHarvestFestival.org