About Us

The Western New York Fiber Arts Festival is a not-for-profit event organized to promote and preserve fiber arts education here in Western New York. Its focus is on heritage crafts and their close relationship with fiber producers who raise sheep, llama, alpaca and rabbits. The festival will offer events and opportunities for the entire family and promises to engage fiber enthusiasts of all ages and expertise.

English Angora Rabbits / Akangoras

Our History

In 2005, the first Western New York Fiber Arts Festival was organized by a group of fiber enthusiasts to be held at Knox Farm State Park. Over the following years, the festival continued to grow with the participation of members of local fiber related guilds, fiber animal owners and breeders as well as fiber related vendors. In 2017, a new, all volunteer steering committee took on the responsibility of continuing the success of the festival with over 40 vendors, alpaca, llama, and angora rabbit breeders, several workshops, weaving, spinning, and dyeing demonstrators along with lots of activities for the kids.

In 2018, the festival put down new roots at Fireman’s Field in East Aurora. It’s a great venue with ample parking and plenty of room to grow. We are anticipating more vendors, workshops and demonstrations as well as some new food choices.

2019 Steering Committee

Laurel Bernhard, Coordinator  •  Tina Bonafaccio  •  MaryAnn Kull   •  Suzanne O’Brien  •  Ina Randall  •  Paula Wharton