OUR HISTORY

In February 2005 a group of 12 women met at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora with the intent to create a fiber festival. All were involved with fiber as an artistic medium. The group included spinners, weavers, fiber animal owners and breeders, sewers, knitters, a yarn store owner, as well as Park workers who were strongly supportive of the idea.

By September, the first Knox Farm Fiber Festival was held. It was a success with about 400 people attending and approximately 20 vendors of yarn, knitted hats, pumpkins, dolls, jewelry, buttons, felting and spinning supplies selling their wares. Workshops and demonstrations featuring drop spindling, basket-making, and doll-dressing were well attended with lots of requests for future topics.

And so one year built upon another growing to include volunteers from area guilds, food trucks selling vegetarian sandwiches, and Boy Scouts cooking hot dogs. Vendors brought sheep, alpacas, llamas and herding dogs. The Park education team provided make-and-take fiber activities for the children. The Festival was strongly supported by the East Aurora and fiber communities. New faces appeared every year to help, buy, contribute, and enjoy. At its final appearance as Knox Farm Fiber Festival in September of 2010, the crowd was greater than 1800 people—a fantastic turnout for a one-day event.

Since 2011, the Western New York Fiber Arts Festival has been held at Emery Park at the Ski Lodge. The format remains the same and the dedication to fiber arts education remains strong. Now in 2017, the Fiber Interest Group (F. I. G.) of East Aurora, local fiber related guilds, and a new all volunteer Steering Committee has assumed responsibility for the organization and continuation of this festival as a vibrant inspirational, educational and successful event.