Wool Market

It's here!

Family events don't get much better than this-hands-on activities; fuzzy, approachable animals; entertaining performances; and shopping for mom and dad. Those familiar with the wool and fiber industry know this event, held at the Estes Park Events Complex, is the place to be. Admission is free.

At the Wool Market you’ll see sheep, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, goats and other fiber animals. As usual there is the ever-popular vendor barn, the animal tents, demonstrations including sheep to shawl, a children’s tent, sheep shearing, herding dogs and more.

The mission of the Estes Park Wool Market is to bring together natural animal fiber ​producers, educators, retailers and consumers for the benefit of the industry.

​Workshops take place June 6 and 7.

Woo Market: June 8 and 9

Hours of the Market are:

Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

​Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Estes Park Wool Market strives to offer a variety of educational opportunities related to all components of the fiber industry. Whether you are a farmer interested in purchasing alpacas, a kid wanting to try out weaving for the first time or a recreational knitter looking for project inspiration, there is an opportunity waiting for you at this event. While many of the demonstrations are formal and scheduled, we also encourage you to ask questions to any farmer, vendor, animal exhibitor, or staff member. It is a friendly bunch here in Estes Park, held together by the common bond of a love for fiber. From its origins to its processing, creative applications and practical uses, we encourage you to find something new to learn during your visit.

Animals, Animals, Animals

Alpacas will be found throughout the grounds this weekend. Barn W will highlight alpaca exhibits and fiber demos. Alpacas will be on exhibit and their owners will be available to provide detailed information on breeds, husbandry, sustainability and more. Alpaca fiber demonstrations will occur periodically throughout starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and don’t miss the ever popular alpaca costume parade! 

In addition to the alpacas, don’t miss out seeing the cashmere and angora goats, llamas, paco-vicunas, sheep and angora rabbit displays, competitions and shows.

Sheep dog demos-Herding dogs provide an essential service on the farm by keeping livestock together in a group. Border Collies’ herding skills are highly developed and make these demonstrations among the most popular at the Wool Market.

EP News Kids Area

The EP News Kids Area, located in Barn W will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It features hands on activities involving knitting, weaving, spinning and more, for kids of all ages.

Fiber Mill Demos

Willow Creek Fiber Mill will be demonstrating the various steps they use at their mill to turn fleece into yarn. Stop by their booth in Barn W any time from 9-5 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday.

Sheep Shearing Demos will occur on both Saturday and Sunday on the east side of the Pavilion. Please see schedule for details. Come and see how a handspinning fleece is gently shorn from the animal in preparation for its use in a fiber arts product.

Other Activities

Between Barn W, Arena 4, & the Pavilion, you can find a bounce house, airbrushed tattoos, and (Sunday from 11-1) a photo booth featuring live animals!

In addition to the fun activities are the professionals who participate in the Wool Market show and sell their incredible goods. Showing hand-spun yarns and threads to finished hats, gloves and bags, the skilled artisans display an amazing selection of unique materials and products. Inspired by what you've seen? Start your own projects by purchasing the tools right at the market.

Shuttle Service

The Town of Estes Park is once again offering a free shuttle around town on Saturday and Sunday. This service, sponsored by Estes Park News, is designed to take guests to various locations participating in the FACE of Fiber in the Rockies 2019 Art Show. For a complete list of all display locations and shuttle stops, download the shuttle map flyer at epwoolmarket.com

Thank you to the 2019 sponsors of the Estes Park Wool Market:

EP News

Clemes & Clemes

Deer Crest

The Stitchin' Den

Longmont Yarn Shoppe

Murphy's Resort

Chris and Phil Switzer

Best Western

Gentle Roller

Willow Creek

Naumann Angoras

Lambspun

Renewal by Andersen

Sweet Dreams Sheep

See you soon!

For questions regarding the Estes Park Wool Market, please contact Event Coordinator David Hocker at dhocker@estes.org or 970-577-3905.

For more detailed information, please visit

epwoolmarket.com

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