Make plans to attend the 2017 CNY Fiber Festival! It is being held on June 10 and 11 from 10:00 - 5:00 both days at the Butternut Hill Campground on Route 20 in Bouckville, NY. Our focus this year will be on Spinning. As we finalize plans, be watching the Additional Highlights webpage and especially the new Featured Event webpage for the details. We can tell you that we have three featured fiber artists this year! We welcome Garry Aney from the Farmer's Museum at Cooperstown. Pamella Wood from Port Crane, will be speaking about All Things Flax, and Barb and Clint Fudge of Walking Wheel Farm in Erin (Chemung County), will have an extensive display with their Spinning Equipment Over the Years. This year besides our Spinning emphasis, we expect more than 100 booths filled with natural fibers, yarn, roving, fiber arts supplies, and all manner of handmade fiber products and related farm products. Fiber animals will be on display, and there were many activities for children including a free puppet show The Turnip performed each day by Carapace Farm's Dancing Hands Puppet Troupe in the Children's Tent . With free exhibits and demonstrations, and almost everything under cover, the festival will be another great blast of Summer fun. We've asked back Jack Cymerman of Stoneleigh Farm & Kennel to give his dog herding demonstration. Jim Baldwin from Foxfire Farm will again be showing us all how to shear sheep and how to skirt a fleece - the next step in turning raw fiber into yarn! A popular local performer, Everett Farrell from Hartwick, NY will be providing our midday background music for your listening pleasure. We have exciting Workshops including a couple evening ones so make sure you register early to get in! We have also added a few shorter length Short Courses on selected topics so you need not miss too much of the rest of the festival. Our Fiber Fleece Sale returns for TWO full days & we expect will continue to grow. Our Wheel Corral where folks could try out different brands of spinning wheels or take a mini-lesson on learning to spin with one of the attentive instructors will return to the rear of Tent A. We always make periodic additions to the What's New webpage as plans progress - so check back often. Don't forget to review our Vendor & Exhibitor Listing here - the list is current now for 2017 and will continue to be periodically updated as reservations are finalized. Our Vendors are well worth supporting all year so please support them outside the festival dates. Food vendors are also listed at the end of that page with their anticipated menus.
The general admission remains the same at $6 per person with children under 12 free AND we've added a $10 Weekend Rate! We always have plenty of FREE parking too. Not a bad price for a whole weekend's worth of entertainment and education besides!
There are many photos of previous festivals here so check it out. Make plans now to attend in June. Come help us celebrate our 7th Year!
Easy to get to, the festival is right on the scenic Route 20 Byway in central New York. Use 6893 State Highway 20 in Bouckville 13310 for setting your GPS or check out our Map here. While we can't officially recommend any specific lodging, there is a list of possible accommodations here. The Butternut Hill Campgrounds also has a few campsites available. Contact them directly.
—From the North and South
Our vendors, linked by fiber, are representative of an extensive and varied community of artisans we were proud to showcase at our festival. Throughout the festival on both days, many will be demonstrating their crafts. These demonstrations are all free and questions are encouraged. We make sure that our fiber Festival is one that is not only fun, but educational. We want you to be aware of the connection between that unique handwoven scarf and the gentle bunny and sheep that grew the fabulous fiber for it. If you talk with our vendors and exhibitors, you will learn why they do what they do and how that love is woven into the one-of-a-kind item in your hand. Your purchases mean you are able to bring home a piece of that pride and joy with you. Know that your purchase not only supports a local and independently owned business, but that you are also strengthening the entire economic base of our community. The reduced environmental impact of buying local makes this a better world for us all.
CNY Fiber Artists and Producers continues to add names to our vendor waiting list and mailing invite for each year. Please contact Pam if you would like to be added to that list.
We were excited about our previous year's Fleece Sales of raw fiber from many of the fiber animals raised in our area, including all breeds of sheep, angora rabbits, angora goats, cashmere goats, alpacas, and llamas. This is always a great venue for local producers to present their prized fiber harvests to the public, and a great opportunity for novice and professional fiber artisans alike to acquire those core raw materials that ultimately inspire our creativity. The Fiber Sale will again be held for two days. See the respective website pages for detailed information about this year's Fiber Sale; the details like the sale hours of 10am until 5pm on Saturday and 10am until 3:30pm on Sunday are all there.
Be sure to keep your festival program. It is a cool souvenir of a great fibery summer weekend but will also be a valuable resource over the rest of the year providing you sources of fiber, fiber animals, fiber equipment, mills, fiber processing, finished products and other services related to fiber animals and fiber arts. Our vendors come predominantly from central New York and surrounding areas. We hope you'll appreciate having this handy reference guide to this collection of independent farmers and craftsmen, many of whom will be here at the festival. We hope to have a few additional copies available; if you know you won't be able to pick one up at the festival and would like a hard copy, contact Pam, our President.
And don't forget to support all of our sponsors. Their assistance is vital to making our festival and our other activities a success. We couldn't do it without them. If you want to help support our efforts, we'd love to have you join us as a sponsor too. Go to the membership page to sign up. Your assistance is always appreciated.
Thank You to our Sponsors!
|2017 Silver Sponsors||2017 Gold Sponsors||2017 Platinum Sponsors|
Mary Lou Thall of
Triple Creek Farm
|Pam Haendle of
Hermit Pond Farm
|Martha Cady of
Gentle Breeze Alpacas
|Curt Akin & Jackie Jones of
Down In The Country
||Jim Buddenhagen of
Farm & Family Insurance
| Kent Nutrition Group-
|Sue & Bob Bowker|