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Archbold, OH – Fiber artists from throughout the region will be gathering in Archbold on September 29 and 30 for the annual Fiber Arts Fest at Sauder Village. Guests will be able to watch spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, tatting, and many other fiber arts demonstrations. There will be workshops, hands-on activities for kids, fiber exhibits, and vendors will be selling handmade items and fiber art supplies.
"We are thrilled to have so many talented fiber artists and vendors joining us again this year for our annual Fiber Arts Fest at Sauder Village,” shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations. “There continues to be an increased interest in fiber arts and we welcome the opportunity to celebrate and share information about these crafts with our guests.”
Throughout the weekend guests can watch as craftsmen share their love of turning fibers into finished products. Guests will have an opportunity to visit with fiber artists and watch as they demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting, and crocheting. There will also be craftsmen demonstrating rug hooking, felting, bobbin lace, flax processing and more. A number of vendors will be set-up in Founder’s Hall offering guests a great opportunity to purchase supplies or hand-made items.  There will also be a fun “Fiber Arts Zone” with a variety of fiber-related activities for children to try including carding wool, spinning, weaving, making felt balls, making yarn dolls and working with sewing cards.
Back by popular demand, a “Fiber Arts Saturday Night String Along” is being offered at the Sauder Heritage Inn. Fiber arts enthusiasts are encouraged to bring knitting needles, spinning wheels and looms and work on projects from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. at the Heritage Inn. There is no fee for this fun opportunity and pre-registration is not required. 
A variety of unique workshops are also being offered as part of the 2018 Fiber Arts Fest. Fiber artists Stefania Isaacson and Kate Larson are offering both full and half day workshops on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29. Stefania Isaacson is teaching “Leaves, Roots, Bugs, and More! A Natural Dye Workshop” and also “Aran Knitting Made Easy”. Workshops being presented by Kate Larson include “Introduction to Colorwork Knitting,” “Dorset Buttons,” and “Spinning Luxury Blends.” Pre-registration is required for workshops. Workshop details and registration information is available online athttps://saudervillage.org/classes-events/special-events/fiber-arts-fest/workshops
Guests visiting on Saturday, September 29 can also enjoy an afternoon of old-time base ball as the Great Black Swamp Frogs, the Spiegel Grove Squires, the Elkhart County Railroaders and the Sauder Village Windmills gather for a Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Sauder Village. With base ball games being played using rules from the 1860s and a chance for kids to run the bases, this fun-filled event is sure to be a big hit with families throughout the region!
New this fall, guests are also invited to visit the first phase of the 1920s Main Street Community. Part of the “Walk Through Time Experience” at Sauder Village, this new project replicates a portion of a 1920s Main Street typical to Northwest Ohio. 
The relocated Elmira Depot has been renovated and now serves as a stop on the Erie Express Train.  The Caboose has been relocated next to the Depot, preserving this classic symbol of American railroading.  
The Barbershop showcases the extensive Okuley collection, the plaza features a beautiful clock and original bricks from downtown Archbold, and a classic community band stand has been constructed. 
The Fiber Arts Fest in Founder’s Hall runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. There is a “Show-Only” admission of $8, which must be purchased in Founder’s Hall.

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