Lambtown Festival 2019, weekend of Oct. 5

The Sheep to Shawl contest is always a hit with contestants and the public alike (credit: Roy Clemes)

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The 33rd annual Lambtown Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 in Dixon, CA, has a new leadership team headed by President Roy Clemes. Roy is part of the father and son duo Clemes & Clemes, a Bay-Area-based maker of fine fiber arts tools since 1970. The motivation driving the new leadership’s work, Roy says, is the fact that “Lambtown Festival possesses all of the pieces that make up a great fiber event, and it’s right in San Francisco’s back yard. People travel across the country for similar events such as the New York Sheep & Wool Festival every year, and we want them to know they don’t have to; they can enjoy all the same festivities close to home while supporting California’s local artisans, dyers, and farmers.” The festival will include:

  • Workshops by world-famous fiber arts teachers 
  • Contests: Skeins & Textiles, Sheep-to-Shawl (a team taking a raw fleece and turning it into a woven shawl in 4.5 hours), Wool Show (and sale), Sheep Show, Cookoff
  • Entertainment: live music featuring local bands
  • Demonstrations: Sheep shearing, sheepdog 
  • Vendors: two pavilions of fiber-arts-related vendors, food vendors
  • For kids: Wooly Adventures (hands-on, make-and-take learning for ages 4 through 104 including spinning, felting, weaving, and sheep-themed crafts), bounce house, trackless train
  • Convenient on-site tent and RV camping
New this year:
  • Mobile Stitch & Bitch: bus from Bay Area complete with snacks and swag bags 
  • The “Lambtown Top” – California’s answer to the “Rhinebeck Sweater” 
  • Lambtown knit-along shawl
  The mission of Lambtown Festival is to celebrate all things sheep, lamb, and wool. They aim to promote sheep from fleece to food, fiber to fabric and farm to festival, while providing education and enjoyment for all.]]>

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