Santa Cruz Textile Arts Guild

Santa Cruz County Fair: The Santa Cruz County Fair


Each year guild members under the guidance of Cathy Walls support the handspinning and handwoven exhibits at the Fair. Many volunteers are required to receive, organize, help with the jurying process and hang the exhibits. Volunteers also demonstrate both weaving and spinning each day.

Each year the Handspun/Handwoven Department displays it's entries in Yesterday's Farm in the north end of the Porter Implement Shed. Both Senior and Junior entries in this department will be displayed alongside an educational display. Each day of the fair, from opening until 5 pm, just outside the shed, spinners and weavers will set up shop to show visitors how it is done!

Spinning demonstration

Wednesday and Thursday are Education Days. Fiber artisans and craftsmen will be demonstrating and answering questions posed by young inquiring minds. On Saturday and Sunday there will be hands-on opportunities for the kids to try weaving, braiding, felting, and spinning.

The Fair is always a wonderful show but it doesn't materialize by magic. It needs many volunteers to make it happen. We need the usual assortment of clerks for receiving and judging days, workers to help set up the display. And of course those "intrepid" spinners and weavers for eachday of the Fair, but most especially on Wednesday and Thursday, Education Days and for the kids hands on demos. As always, anyone who volunteers to work at least three hours is given a free pass to enter the fair as well as free parking.

To volunteer, please Contact Cathy Walls, Handspun/Handwoven Department Chair. Consult your roster for contact info or email the guild.

The website for Santa Cruz County Fair has more information about the fair and year round activities at the fairgrounds.

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Dates to Remember:

Check the fair website for important dates. Special activities will be scheduled closer to fair time.

Entry forms in the Handspun/Handwoven Department are due in early August. You can download the entry guides on the fair website. You will also find a link on that web page to enter online.