Michigan Fiber Festival 2014
Contrary to the belief of my coworkers, the Michigan Fiber Festival is not a place to bulk up your colon.
Featuring the wool and fiber of alpacas, goats, rabbits and sheep, it is one of the Midwest’s largest fiber festivals, and there were tons of vendors. Mom and I went to the Michigan Fiber Festival 2014 on Friday, August 15.
Held at the Allegan County Fairgrounds, the vendor booths were held in small tents, large tents and barns. In addition to the vendor space, there were also animals there for judging.
I spent quite a bit of time petting the goats.
Mom knits and crochets and was interested in getting into needle felting. She also seemed interested in the looms. I crochet and occasionally needle and wet felt. But I was mostly interested in alpaca yarn for crocheting.
As I expect to have surgery on my knee at some point this fall and should have extra time on my hands, everyone should plan on receiving something crocheted for the holidays.
The amount of vendors is overwhelming. If it’s your first time visiting, I’d suggest you do one solid loop through all the vendor areas first and make notes which ones to go back to before you purchase your items. I wound up picking up some buttons for the purse I was working on, and two skeins of alpaca yarn. So, so soft.
When we finished up at the MFF, we headed up to Crane’s Pie Pantry for lunch. It’s right across from the famous Crane’s U-Pick, in Fennville Michigan. Due to the cool summer we’ve had, the U-Pick was closed as the peaches are not quite ready.
Crane’s is a cool little place. There was a line out the door, but it moved quickly. We had unpasteurized cider, a bowl of homemade chili and fresh peach pie for dessert.
Here’s a picture of the orchards. The Fennville area is just lovely! After Cranes, we stopped over at Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar. We did some wine tasting and picked a few bottles. I did not get any pictures, though.
On the way back to Battle Creek, we stopped in downtown Allegan to look around a little. It’s such a nice town.
I had to take a picture of the Regent. Fabulous sign!
It was such a nice summer day! Couldn’t ask for more.
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