In just a few days this building, the High Desert Activity Center on the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center grounds, will be brimming with all kinds of fiber fun indoors and outdoors!!! On Saturday, May 21 from 9 am - 4 pm, vendors from all over the state of Oregon and beyond will have the best of their natural fiber and fiber arts products and supplies ready to share their knowledge and passion! Our 24th Annual Fiber Market Day has what you need to take home from beginner to experienced spinners, weavers, felters, dyers, knitters, crocheters, as well as contacts for sheep, alpacas, angora goats, etc. if you are considering raising these wonderful animals yourself! There will be raffles throughout the day, shearing demonstrations, wool skirting demonstrations, and more. This is a family friendly event; we invite you to come and see, touch, and explore the practical and artistic uses of natural, eco-friendly fibers. #fibermarketday #fiberartists #fiberarts #deschutescountyfair&expocenter #redmondoregon #visitcentraloregon. #highdesertwoolgrowers #spinnersandweavers #knitters #crocheters #woolgathering #fiberfestival #centraloregon
It's all in motion and we have a good start; however, we would greatly appreciate if vendor applications are submitted sooner than later (although the deadline is April 30). Under Forms, print out either the Indoor Vendor or Outdoor Vendor application, and send with payment to the address on the form. This includes members (including myself, and mine is right here next to this laptop ready to mail!); sometimes we're the worst since we assume the group knows we're planning on it...lol! If you would rather have the application emailed to you, please contact us at email@example.com.
Other educational opportunities that are coming up in the meantime are the Deschutes County 4-H Idea Fair on April 2 (we're presenting sometime in the afternoon) at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in the Sisters Complex, and Goat Education Day on April 23 (Lesley presenting on Angora goats and mohair around 11:00 am with a couple of us assisting) at Bluestone Natural Farms in Powell Butte.
Let's get together...we all hope to see you at one or more of these events!
Lynne for HDWG
By now we all have our winter routines in place here in central Oregon, after a mild fall, and no snow to speak of until the day after Christmas! Draining hoses, stock tank heaters, extension cords, heat lamps, extra feed on the snow-covered pastures, etc.
Our main announcement is that we can now take payment of annual membership dues online at our website store! Members have received an email with this info. Returning members need not fill out membership applications unless you need to update any information.
New members, begin in the store and add the appropriate membership to your cart. After checkout, you will receive a confirmation email that includes your order confirmation number, and you can then fill out the New Membership Online Form found on the website menu (www.highdesertwoolgrowers.com), and be sure to click "submit" at the end. OR if you prefer look under Forms for the printable version and you may still mail your check to us if you prefer.
Regarding Fiber Market Day, we are scheduled for setup the afternoon of May 20, with the event beginning 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 21. We did look into having the sale open on Friday evening; however, this would be a significant increase in the building rental fee, and as we are coming back from last year's reduced numbers due to COViD will reconsider that for 2023 if we have a strong Market Day this spring. The vendor applications will be ready on our website by February 1, 2022, as well as emailed out to previous vendors, and there will be the option for online payment of the vendor fees in the same manner as the membership dues are available now. Also, there will be a separate application for indoor versus outdoor vendors. So save the date, and we hope to have a strong, fun gathering this spring!
Our first monthly meeting will be via Zoom this coming Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm; members watch your email for the meeting invite.
Wishing you all a much improved 2022!
Now that summer with it's heat and fair activities has once again flown by, the crisp days of fall are very welcome! With some large events continuing to be cancelled, again, we are all trying to figure out what we can do. For HDWG, we had discussed once again holding our Fall Farm Day, and when we received the news about Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival once again postponing until next year, we made a decision to hold our fall event on that fourth Saturday in October, going forward, since OFFF has landed on the third Saturday. Details under our Events tab.
In the spring, Fiber Fusion moved to early June; therefore, in order not to compete with them our annual Fiber Market Day will be held in May, the week BEFORE Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully, all this juggling of schedules will calm down over this next year or so.
So we hope to see you out at Barb's farm near Sisters, OR, for Fall Farm Day on Oct. 23, 9 am - 4 pm!!! Membership forms will be updated soon for 2022 membership. We will hold one more monthly Zoom meeting on Sunday, November 14, 2:00 pm, and hope to hold an in-person gathering in December to finish out 2021 with some fiber fun together!
It's a very extra warm summer, so far, but seems progress is being made for getting events, businesses, etc. back up to speed. Our local fairs in our tri-county area of Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook counties are all happening, with some modifications, but when my husband and I attended yesterday it still felt like fairs are coming back! Farmers markets seem to be going strong as ever.
Our Fiber Market Day, although lighter than usual in vendor numbers, went really well for most and some had their best sales ever! For 2022 the date will be either late May or early June; that should be decided soon and we will begin to get that info out to all the online event listings where we can publish in advance (considering that we don't to overlap or be too close to Fiber Fusion NW, which is also looking at date options for next year).
We typically pass on an August meeting, since it is right after many are busy with the fairs, so our next meeting will be September 19. We plan to have our sales space at OFFF in October, hopefully in the sheep barn as usual, but since that is also a new date and location we will find out what that's going to be. Also, last fall we held a Farm Day at one of our local farms NE of Redmond, OR, and tentatively we have discussed holding that event again as well since those that participated really enjoyed the day, November-ish.
Stay cool! (literally, of course...)
Lynne for HDWG
(image is Barb, judging fleece for the Jill Pot contest at Fiber Market Day)
It's that close already! Final ads are being placed (radio and print), and we have a crew ready to begin setup on Friday, June 4 before the vendors begin to arrive, although we could use a couple more strong bodies (heavy wood tables). Also, greeters at the welcome table for one to two hours at a time are appreciated, two at a time, and welcome to have a fiber project with you there to work on. Please reply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up; thanks! Since the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center moved us back to the High Desert Activity Center, the spinning circle will be indoors as there is plenty of space.
A great help to getting the word out is word of mouth sharing! Please, share with all of your appropriate email lists, social media, etc. Link to this website, or any current online Fiber Market Day ad such as the one on the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center website and/or Facebook page (just make sure the ad is one for 2021).
Fiber friends, we look forward to seeing many of you there on June 5! Looking forward to it...
This meeting will be held outdoors at the home of Lamken's Lambs in the Terrebonne area, Sunday afternoon, May 16, 2:00 pm. We will be organizing signs for Fiber Market Day (mainly for within the fairgrounds driveways and parking lots), and going over all those fun details to finalize the event! BYO lawn/camp chair, drinks and snacks if you want them. Members please check your email for the address if you don't have it, or email email@example.com before 1:00 pm before the meeting. Potential members welcome as well. Many hands make light work, so we hope to see many of you there, as well as helping with setup for FMD the afternoon of June 4.
My garage has many fleeces in various stages of getting ready for Market Day, fluffy washed fleeces drying, and the wool combs seeing pretty regular use, and sure that many of your homes are seeing much of the same. I'm very much looking forward to finally getting together at a wool gathering type venue after all this time! See you soon!
Lynne for HDWG
Members are donating fleece and other related items once again for an online auction via Facebook! We have done this successfully a couple of times in recent years. This will go live on Friday evening, March 19, 6:00 pm, and run through Sunday evening, March 21, 6:00 pm. An album is created with photos of the items, and the bidding takes place in the comments of each item. Local winners (central Oregon) will receive items via delivery from us, winners elsewhere need to pay shipping from zip code 97756.
FIBER MARKET DAY is going ahead! We're really excited as it's been quite a while now since any of us have had any wool/fiber gathering opportunities, and as much as we love to sell and share our products, we love the time together with fellow fiber enthusiasts. We will be in the North Sister building (aka the 4H building) just inside the main entrance at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. Setup is the afternoon and early evening of June 4, and some the morning of the event, which begins at 9:00 am on June 5, 2021, until 4:00 pm. We are asking a little extra patience with vendors on arrival and unloading, as the building (which the fairgrounds graciously let us have at the same price as our other building due to COVID lab being in that one) does not have the larger parking area in the back; it's a driveway. Saturday morning access will give preference to those bringing animals. A couple of us will be going to get a closer look at the layout and do our best for everyone. Further info will go out to vendors via email as the time gets closer; we may have time slot signups. All MEMBERS who are able will unload early and make room for others.
New memberships and renewals need to be in ASAP in order to get your info in the printed directory for 2021.
Our next meeting will be in person! Barb has invited us to her new location near Sisters on Hurtley Road. We will still practice COVID precautions, of course. Sunday, April 11, 2:00 pm. The address will go out via email a couple of days before to members; if you are not a member and would like to attend let us know and we'll get the location to you.
No worries...we're still at it! Here in central Oregon it's the drab time of year with farm pastures basically dormant, but there are signs of green showing up out there! Good time to clean out barn and tack spaces, and work on fiber projects...how many do YOU have waiting?
We had a small January Zoom meeting to touch base. Some have been busy with lambing, and shearing season is coming up soon (make your appointment with your shearer). It's time to get annual memberships in (downloadable under Forms). It is looking encouraging for Fiber Market Day to take place on June 5, as other events at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds are in the works, with all the COVID precautions in place of course. Local fair scheduled dates are July 28 - Aug 1 for Deschutes, July 21-24 for Jefferson, and no info yet for Crook County. Not sure how those are going to work, but here's hoping! Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is scheduled for September 25-26. Black Sheep Gathering decided to cancel for this year. The logistics of each location is different, so understandably some may work out better than others. The High Desert Activity Center, where we hold our event, is a large open space, as well as plenty of room for outdoor vendors.
Our February Zoom meeting is scheduled for February 21 (moved out a week to avoid conflicting with Valentine's day), at 2:00 pm; members will receive the link via email. Hopefully this finds every one of you looking forward to making 2021 a productive and fun year with fiber!
Lynne for HDWG
PS (Why a puppy pic? Just because how cute is a puppy in her first snow?)
I hope this finds you ready to relax a little and enjoy the holiday season. Those of us who participated in the Fall Farm Day were happy with the outcome, with six of us vending and steady but not busy with visitors. It was great to spend a day together after all this time with our fiber products.
We held a final 2020 Zoom meeting this past Sunday afternoon, and moved to continue the same officers for 2021. Membership for 2021 is due now for the calendar year Jan-Dec. (recent new members carry over); fees will remain the same. Please see the membership form under "Forms."
For Fiber Market Day June 5, 2021, it was decided to begin accepting returning vendor registration on 03/01/21 (many carried over their fees and applications from the canceled event this year), new vendor applications 04/01/21, and deadline for all is 05/01/21. We hop that COVID regulations will allow life to get somewhat back to normal by then!
Our next Zoom meeting will be Sunday, January 10, 2:00 pm. Members please watch for email meeting invite just prior to that.
Hope to see you in January!
Lynne for HDWG