LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lexington Parks & Recreation is proud to once again host the annual Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, May 19 – 20 at Masterson Station Park.
The festival, now in its 10th year, will showcase some the nation’s best fiber artists and feature live demonstrations, workshops, vendors and other family-friendly activities.
“We are thrilled to welcome artisans, craftspeople, fiber producers and more to Lexington for this festival to celebrate all things sheep!,” said Amber Luallen, cultural arts program director for Lexington Parks & Recreation. “Whether you’re a beginning knitter, a professional weaver or just an animal lover – this event has something for everyone, and we can’t wait to showcase all this unique crafting and farming community has to offer.”
The festival will feature more than 100 vendors with finished goods as well as supplies for knitting, weaving, dyeing, spinning and crocheting. Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy demonstrations throughout the day of sheep shearing and crafting. And, there will be live sheep, llamas, alpacas, bunnies and a variety of animal babies available for petting and photos.
Workshops (registration now open)
Each year, the festival offers an array of workshops for beginning, intermediate and advanced crafters. The workshops start a day before the official festival begins, running from May 18 – 20.
New in 2018 is the addition of “goat yoga” classes. That’s right! This workshop combines the relaxation and meditation of yoga with animal therapy to offer a unique twist for traditional yoga practitioners. Licensed instructors from the Be Happy Yoga and Salt Cave Studio will be offering hour-long yoga classes with some of the most adorable animals around – baby goats. Cost is $30 per class and space is limited. Registration is available online.
Other workshops offered during the festival include scarf making, intro to rug hooking, saori weaving, goats milk soap making, broom making, color theory for fiber artists and much, much more. For a complete list of workshops, pricing, registration and other details visit kentuckysheepandfiber.com/workshops.
Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials
The Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival coincides with another premier event at Masterson Station Park next month– the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trials.
From dawn to dusk May 16 – 20, patrons can watch some the nations’ top handlers participate in one of the longest-running and most prestigious dog trials in the country. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit bluegrassclassic.wordpress.com.