FibreFest spins in another successful year

FIBREFEST- Over 1,000 people attended the 2019 Fibrefest at the Prince Edward Community Centre. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)



Saturday was wet and soggy in Prince Edward County but that didn’t lovers of fibre from heading to the Prince Edward Community Centre for the 2019 FibreFest.

From yarn to buttons to sheep shearing to wool spinning, they had it all at this the 2019 FibreFest.

A member of the Belleville Weaver’s Guild does some spinning at the 2019 Fibrefest in Picton. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

The event also included dozens of diverse vendors carrying fibre, felted  garments, hand dyed wool, fleece, pottery and much more.

Foot traffic was a steady flow through out the day and at times the arena was crowded and the parking lot was always full.

“It was brilliantly steady even with the rain everyone seemed to really still enjoy it,” said Lesley Snyder, owner of Rosehaven Yarn Shop and fellow organizer. “I think our numbers are probably close to what we had last year which is great. Last year we had 1158 and the year before that 1164.”

If you didn’t mind getting a little drenched, the barn had alpacas, sheep and two lambs. There was also a sheep shearing demonstration that was put on by Fernley Davis.

“(Fernley) does a great job with all the sheep shearing,” Erin Thomson, an organizer of the event told the Gazette. “And this year he brought two little lambs which was so fun, everyone got a little snuggle.”

Also in the barn were the Belleville Weavers Guild (BWG) working on some projects of their own.

Alpacas at the 2019 Fibrefest in Picton. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

The BWG was founded in Feb. 1956 with the assistance of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Belleville Recreation Dept.

They host teaching demonstrations, fashion shows, Pioneer activity days, community women’s programs and more.

“Today’s event has been absolutely fantastic, we have the best vendors and all the best people have come to see it so that’s a huge blessing for us,” Thomson added. “Everyone seems to be happy their making the best stuff so that’s all you can really ask for, for a really good day.”