2018 FREE Demos & Events

Ongoing Events & Demonstrations

Saturday  & Sunday in

Demonstration Building A


Outside on the Green



Machine Knitters Guild Of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

(612) 408-0637


We will be demonstrating machine knitting and have items on display.


Northern Lights Handspinners Guild

Rogers, MN

(763) 428-2559


Sue Ross Sat am & pm & Sun pm carding wool
Hazel Lutz Sat & Sun combing wool & blending colors on a hackle
Sarah Linder Sat & Sun afternoons spinning wool on a wheel
Candace Ryberg Sat & Sun afternoons Blending Board color mixing in wool
Beth Friedman Sat. afternoon Handspinning wool on wheel
Angela Little Sat am Spinning wool on wheel & spindle
Sue Leizinger Sat & Sun Spindle spinning of wool
Renee Samuelson Sat & Sun Spinning wool on spindle & wheel
Mary Diane Bass Sat & Sun Spinning wool on a wheel


Minnesota Knitter’s Guild

Minneapolis, MN



Stop by the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild booth to learn about the benefits of membership. Guild members will be available to answer questions. We will also be demonstrating a variety of knitting techniques.


Yarnster’s Charity Knitting

Stillwater, Minnesota



We are a group of knitters and crocheters from the St. Croix Valley area who gather monthly to create chemo hats, baby hats and prayer scarves/shawls for those in need our community and Lakeview Hospital.

Stop by our table and take a look at some of our charity projects!


Student Knit Night (aka League of Evil Knitters)

Saint Cloud, Minnesota



The St. Cloud area Student Knit Night, affectionately known as The League of Evil Knitters, will show their knitting and crochet projects including small amigurumi items like mushrooms and people.


Central Minnesota Machine Knitting & Fiber Arts Guild

Saint Cloud, Minnesota



William Lee invented the knitting machine in 1589 and they have been in use ever since. Group members will demonstrate how they use modern knitting machines to create fashionable shawls, garments, and other items. Come watch the knitting machines and feel free to ask questions.



Sage Dream Design

White Bear Lake, MN




Any of the following:

– Needlefelting 3D over a 3 Dimensional Form

– “Needlefelting Basics, Building 3 dimensional Forms’

– “tatting; Shuttle and Needle”

– ”Knitting in the Round Easily explained”



Pin Loom Weaving

Mankato, MN




I will be demonstrating pin loom weaving, a weaving technique carried out on a hand sized pin loom. I am the author of two nationally published books on pin loom weaving, PIN LOOM WEAVING and PIN LOOM WEAVING TO GO and will bringing many of the woven samples from the books.

I will also be sharing sneak peeks of the new items that will be going in to the third book on pin loom weaving, due to be published this fall.

Margaret Stump has been involved in pin loom weaving for over 40 years and is one of a number of people responsible for the resurgence in interest and popularity for this fun, easy fiber craft. “This is a craft for all the people who want to do something a little different than knitting and crochet but still want a portable, fun, fiber craft.”



Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota






Three Rivers Fibershed

Minneapolis, MN




Fibershed places the responsibility of where our clothing comes from- its production and construction- in our hands and within our community. It offers transparency, traceability, and accountability to each individual involved, from producer to processor to consumer. Fibershed champions the use of sustainable, locally sourced raw animal and vegetable fiber which has been ethically grown and raised, purchased at a fair price from environmentally responsible producers, and finally processed in a safe environment where all workers are treated and paid fairly. The Three Rivers Fibershed is working to develop regional fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere here in Minnesota. Working with a strategic geography centered at the Textile Center of Minnesota and extending out in a 175 mile radius, we include portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota. The Three Rivers Fibershed aims to come alongside our community to enhance our local fiber systems, finding what needs exist to help uplift all members of the fiber community. We seek to provide opportunities for connection among farmers and mills, artists and makers, consumers and everyone in between, strengthening our local fiber communities. Come by our table to introduce yourself and learn more about how you can become a part of the movement for local fiber, dyes, and labor.


Spin In!
Location: Bldg A
Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday, ongoing
Demonstrators:  Spinners from the SH Community
Bring your wheel or spindle, pull up a chair and spin along with the largest assembly of hand-spinners in Minnesota! Take immediate advantage of your freshly purchased fiber, wheel or newly learned technique and share with other spinning enthusiasts. Note: Feel free to bring your own stool or foot rug for added comfort.   Hint: if you are a new spinner, the spinning circle is a great place to get expert advice and support in your spinning endeavors.


Koru Farm Stock dog Demonstrations
Location: Outdoor Arena
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:00, 1:00 & 2:30

Herding dogs are essential in handling sheep on farms.  Various aspects of stock dog work such as a short outrun and gather, sorting and penning sheep are planned.
Koru Farm is owned by Dan & Janis Reuter and home to a flock of sheep producing wool and meat as well as helping border collies become “the best they can be” managing their stock. We also enjoy participating in Stock Dog Trials around the Midwest and further afield.
We both qualified our young dog Tate (Dan’s) and Teagan (Janis) for the National Nursery Finals in September, 2017 at two years old.
We are members of the American Border Collie Association, the United States Border Collie Herding Association and the International Stock Dog Society. Demonstrations are an integral part of our interest in showing the community how these amazing dogs help their humans on the farm and the fun in taking a day off to go trialling. See you at Shepherd’s Harvest on Mother’s Day weekend and the Fargo Fiber Festival the 1st weekend in August!

In 2018 we are offering assessments for folks interested in herding and wanting to see whether their border collie shows a natural ability. Cost is $20 – please email Janis if you are interested in scheduling your dog!


Extreme Sheep Make-Overs – Shearing!
Location: Outdoor Pavilion
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Shearer: Jim Peterson (sat) & Brian Fitzpatrick (sun)
Watch a professional shearer in action as animals are shorn on Saturday and Sunday.


Rabbit Show
Location: Bldg D
Date/Time:  Saturday & Sunday Ongoing – All Day
Coordinator: Caroline Waskow
A “living catalog” of fiber-producing rabbits will be on display.  These include English, Angora, French Angora, Giant Angora, Hersey Woolies, Satin Angora and Fuzzy Lop.  Visitors will have the opportunity to compare these animals side by side and see the variety of sizes as well as fiber types.


1812 Historical Encampment and Fiber Demonstration
Location: On the Green
Day/time: Saturday and Sunday 10 am, noon, 2pm
Demonstrators: Belinda Christensen and Claire Lawrence
Visit the 1812 Regency Period encampment with period spinning wheels and fiber tools.
Demonstrations will include: Steps for preparing wool for spinning; Spinning fiber on a spindle; traditional drive wheel and great wheel.  We love to talk about the textile arts of this era so have a seat on the grass and chat with us!


Location:  Goat Barn
Date/Time Saturday & Sunday – Ongoing
The Goat Barn will host a special display of fiber goods.  Fiber highlighted wool from the various exhibiting sheep and goat breeds.


2018 Lamapalooza Show

There will be an International Lama Registry-Show Division sanctioned llama show running all day Saturday and Sunday on the fairgrounds. The classes will start at 8:45AM both days, and will run into the afternoon.

Come to the show ring on Saturday to watch some very talented llama and handler pairs navigate through performance courses, and compete for the performance grand champion.

On Sunday, the breeders will be bringing their best animals into the ring to compete in the various halter classes. Stop by and watch some of the industry’s best breeders and llamas compete for the best of show placement.

Stop by the barn and look through the various demos that will be running throughout the weekend. There will be shearing demos, fleece cleaning demos, and fiber preparation demos put on by industry leading producers.


North Star Farm Tour

Location – at the “YAK”booth in front of the sheep barn

NSFT dates for 2018 are September 29, 30. 10am  to 5 pm both days. This free, public tour highlights farms that raise natural fiber producing animals and their products. See the website northstarfarmtour.com and Facebook page for more details.










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