You can kick off the spring fiber season with the * 18th Annual Washington County Farm and Fiber Tour *, which will take place this year on a dozen different farms across Washington County, NY, April 24 & 25. The event is free and open to the public, and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Fiber Tour and most of the individual farms’ events will take place rain or shine; so dress for the weather.
Farmers across the county will open their barns and shops so visitors of all ages can meet their sheep and lambs, alpacas, and rabbits. You can also learn about breeding and raising fiber animals including shearing and fiber processing.
Some farmers will demonstrate how they select, spin, dye, felt or weave with their animals’ fiber. Of course, visitors can purchase beautiful fiber products at the farms including fleeces and roving for spinning or felting, yarn for knitting, and handmade items such as felted scarves and knitted socks. Ask if any farms have animals for sale.
participating fiber producers. You can download a map and directions to the farms, along with a detailed hourly listing of over 35 demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on activities planned for the two
days. Make it a weekend in bucolic Washington County, by checking out the links on the Fiber Tour's web site.