This year’s Carolina FiberFest promises to be even bigger than last year. For those that don’t know, the FiberFest is a celebration of fiber arts and crafts. It is also part of the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival this weekend at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. There will be demonstrations, hands-on classes and fun activities for topics ranging from weaving to wool.
This year’s lineup features a daily theme: Green/Recycling fiber craft activities on Friday, sock-oriented events on Saturday including a sock fashion show, and events focusing on the community spirit of fiber crafts on Meetup Sunday. There will also be hands-on weaving demonstrations and activities for kids on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; a special Montagnard weaving demonstration Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. using a traditional wheel; contests and book readings and signings by well-known authors each day.
Also new this year is an alpaca fleece show. Judging will take place Friday, but the fleeces will be available to look at and purchase on Saturday and Sunday. More than 50 vendors will be selling fiber craft items and tools, yarn, wool and other craft accessories. In addition, eight fiber guilds will participate in the event.
FiberFest hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more on FiberFest, go to www.carolinafiberfest.org.
They’ll also be other great events at the Got to Be NC Festival, including a daily tractor parade, Masonic Carolina Pig Jig, Shriners’ Fish Fry, grandstand events, a petting zoo, carnival rides and more. Plan your trip at www.GotToBeNCFestival.com, and be sure to follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook for updates before and during the event.