Estes Park is home to one of the largest all-natural fiber markets in North America. Wool Market features demonstrations, contests, a children’s tent, exhibits and the sale of fiber animals and products from their wool. Now in its 22nd year, the market draws more than 10,000 spectators during the two-day mid-June event.
Watch as an announcer provides play-by-play explanations of the many herding techniques by sheep herding canines used by these animals and their handlers. In the Children’s Tent, visitors — young and old alike — participate in rope weaving, spinning and loom weaving.
Demonstrations during the weekend include shearing, fiber preparation, spinning and weaving. You can even learn how to pack a llama for hiking or hunting. Sheep, llama, alpaca, and Cashmere & Angora goat competitions and fleece contests are held throughout the weekend. For the shoppers, more than 50 booths are filled with fleeces, raw fibers, novelty knitting and crocheting yarns, as well as finished coats, scarves, hats, shawls, and fiber processing equipment.
Detailed schedule information about the market, including associated workshops, is available through the Estes Park Events Office.
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Estes Park is a town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859.
The town’s outskirts include The Stanley Hotel. An example of Edwardian opulence, the 1909 building had Stephen King as a guest, inspiring him to change the locale for his novel The Shining from an amusement park to the Stanley’s fictional stand-in, the Overlook Hotel. Estes Park was also the site of the organization of the Credit Union National Association, an important milestone in the history of American credit unions. Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the United States, runs from Estes Park westward through Rocky Mountain National Park, reaching Grand Lake over the continental divide. The town suffered severe damage in July 1982 from flooding caused by the failure of Lawn Lake Dam.
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