Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild

Santa Cruz County Fair: September 9-14, 2014

Sew It, Grow It, Show It

juried entries


Spinning demonstration

Again this year the Handspun/Handwoven Department will display 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!

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 annual WASCAR Competition will return for the fourth year. No, this is not NASCAR! it's WASCAR: Wheels And Spindles Creative Arts Racing. Intrepid spinsters will compete in tests of skill and endurance to reign supreme among their peers. Beginners, novices and advanced spinners are encouraged to join us for this exciting and fun filled competition. We might even cajole some bystanders to try their hands!

The Fair is always a wonderful show but it doesn't materialize by magic. It needs 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 givin 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.

Dates to Remember:

Check back here or the fair website for these and other important dates. Special activities will be scheduled closer to fair time.

Entry forms in the Handspun/Handwoven Department will be due August 6. You can download the entry guides on the fair website. You will also find a link on that web page to enter online.

  1. August : Entry Forms for the Handspun/Handwoven Department are due
  2. August 23-24 : Receiving dates for entries at the fairgrounds
  3. September 3: Judging
  4. September 7-8: Set up. Please contact Cathy Walls to help.
  5. Tuesday, September 9: Opening Day
  6. Wednesday & Thursday, September 10 & 11: Education Days
  7. Spinning a Yarn-Weaving a Tale
  8. WASCAR Spinning Competition
  9. Hands-on demonstrations