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Long Island Fleece And Fiber Fair At Hallockville Museum Farm

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

The Long Island Livestock Company Youth Llama Show Team will guide llamas through the popular Llama Obstacle Course. (Courtesy Photo)

The Hallockville Museum Farm will host the 4th annual Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair May 18-19, 2013, featuring demonstrations of shearing, wool dying, spinning, weaving, sheep herding, and other related activities. Animals including sheep, llamas, alpacas, and angora rabbits will be on display.

In its fourth year, the fair has quickly become a destination for fiber artisans, both novice and experienced, throughout Long Island and the metro area, attracting 1,200 visitors over the two days. The historic Naugles Barn will be converted into the "Fiber Market," where 25 local and regional vendors will sell hand spun yarn and fiber-related finished products and supplies.

According to Tabbethia Haubold, founder and owner of Yaphank-based event co-sponsor Long Island Livestock Company, "There is a growing appreciation of the local fiber arts and this is a great event where the public can learn how fiber is produced and used in everything from yarn to bath goods." Long Island Livestock Company, one of many participating vendors in the Fiber Market, sells a range of bath care made with lanolin, in addition to handspun yarn. Haubold will conduct several shearing demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday at the Fair, using both her own llamas and Hallockville's sheep as subjects.

Saturday's demonstrations will also include Sheep-Herding by Judianne Davis. Visitors will delight as Davis works with her border collie to herd a flock of sheep in an awesome act of teamwork between her and the dog. Blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, needle-felting and wool-dyeing are other techniques that will be demonstrated by skilled artisans throughout the weekend.

The Long Island Livestock Company Youth Llama Show Team will guide llamas through the popular Llama Obstacle Course, demonstrating the animals' fancy footwork. The Peconic Ruggers and the Eastern Long Island Quilting Guild will also offer many hands-on opportunities for kids to try traditional crafts such as rug hooking and quilt appliqué.

Hallockville Executive Director Herb Strobel noted, "The success of the previous fairs shows the strong interest in fiber arts and the Museum Farm provides a wonderful and historic venue to showcase traditional crafts."

The fair runs Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the Fair is $5 per person and free to children under 12 years old with all proceeds supporting the educational mission of the non-profit museum farm. The Hallockville Museum Farm is located at 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead, 631-298-5292.

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