FREE Demos & Events

Ongoing Events & Demonstrations

Demonstration Building A

Out on the Green


Central MN Fiber Arts & Machine Knitting 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.


Midwest Machine Knitters’ Collaborative

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Check out the fascinating craft of machine knitting. Step right up and spin the wheel of stitches! We’ll show you how to knit each stitch to demonstrate just how dynamic a flatbed knitting machine can be.


Weavers Guild of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Try your hand at weaving or spinning with guidance from members of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota! We are a multi-generational community of artists and learners based in Minneapolis. Interested in exploring the diverse world of weaving, spinning, and dyeing? Stop by and say ‘hey’!


Machine Knitting Guild of Minnesota

Minnetonka, MN

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


Northern Lights Handspinners Guild

Farmington, Minnesota

Drum Carding, Wool combing, Making a roving from a hackle, Blending Board


Minnesota Knitters’ Guild

Minneapolis, MN

The Minnesota Knitters’ Guild will demonstrate knitting skills, answer questions about knitting, and provide information about the Guild.  If you like to knit, you’re one of us, no matter where you live or your experience level! Our mission statement is to promote interest, appreciation, education, and fellowship in the art of knitting.



Ham Lake Crankers and Loons

Forest Lake, MN

We will be demonstrating our circular sock knitting machines (csm). We will explain what they are and show how to use them. There will be different brands, old and new for you to check out. Come visit and chat with the ladies in our group.


Marine Mills Folk School

Marine on St. Croix, MN

Marine Mills Folk School is an experiential learning center located in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley, less than an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Our teachers are skilled artisan-instructors and will be your guides in woodworking, fiber arts, culinary arts, and other traditional arts & crafts.We offer lifelong learning for all ages in a supportive environment that is fun, collaborative, and restorative. Join us and discover the joys of creating together!  We will demonstrate wool spinning, weaving, wood carving and many other skills.


Individual/Author’s nook

Mankato, MN

Margaret Stump is the author of three books on pin loom weaving: Pin Loom Weaving; 40 Projects for Tiny Hand Looms, Pin Loom Weaving To Go; 30 Projects for Portable Weaving, and Adorable Beasts; 30 Pin Loom Woven Animals & 4 Playscapes. She will be demonstrating weaving on a pin loom as well as answering questions about this fun, easy fiber craft. Margaret will have a number of samples of favorite pin loom weaving projects on display to demonstrate the variety of possible uses for pin loom weaving.


SpiritWood Spinning Wheel Restorations
Woodward, Iowa

SpiritWood Spinning Wheel Restorations will be available to provide minor repairs, adjustments or trouble shooting for your antique or modern wheels.

In additional to this, if you have wheels that may need more extensive repairs, new parts or modifications we can consult on these and advise you what may be required and how we would go about the process.    We are always happy to guide folks that want to perform the repairs themselves thru the process we would use, or give estimates on this service if you wish us to do the work..

All of this is being offered free to anyone during the festival, so bring your wheels in for some TLC or evaluation!


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.


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.