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What a difference a year makes– and what a difference COVID-19 has made in how arts festivals are held. The Salida Fiber Festival will be held virtually via their website, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13. This year the festival will virtually host 25 vendors. Each vendor will have their own page with a video describing their business and what they sell. The experience is designed to feel like a shop where festival-goers can contact the vendors live. Each vendor will have a festival special.

For the first time, the festival and art exhibition will have a theme. President of the Festival, Jane Templeton told Ark Valley Voice “This year we’re using a theme: going green so people were encouraged to use green in the color of their piece or recycle, reuse the materials they put into the piece.”  The theme is inspired both by the idea of going green and being environmentally conscious but the love for the color green as well.

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Usually held in the Paquette Gallery of the Salida SteamPlant, this year’s exhibition will be on-line, and will encourage Green entries, i.e. either using the color green or made from reused/recycled materials. Entries are open to this year’s vendors and folks living within 50 miles of Salida (more details available at salidafiberfestival.com) There will be a reception at the Salida Steamplant on September 12th, from 5-7 p.m. The LIVE online broadcast of the first-ever Virtual Salida Fiber Festival happens September 12th & 13th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST. Visit over 20 of your favorite fiber vendors, bid on awesome items at the Silent Auction, and vote on your favorite Colorway Contest entry. #salidafiberfestival#fiberart#knitting#spinning#love#instagood#fashion#cute#beer#distillery#brewery#neverenoughyarn#coloradomade#handspinning#crochetinspo#crochetedwithlove#fiberfestival#fiberartistsofinstagram

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The festival will include the Colorway 2020 Greener Pastures contest which features several shades of green. Like previous years the Colorway contest encourages festival-goers to purchase fibers, yarns, kits, and other material sold by vendors to enter into the 2021 festival.

The Fiber Art Exhibit will be another event highlighted by the Festival. This year’s exhibit encourages Green entries either using the color green or pieces made with reused or recycled materials. Entries are open to this year’s vendors and those who live within 50 miles of Salida. The event will be held in-person at the SteamPlant which will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend this exhibit but is required to follow social distancing measures as well as wear a facemask. The primary part of the reception will be outside on the Plaza.

Another popular activity of the festival is the pop-up fashion show. This year vendors have taken videos of their pieces to allow participants a view of the material off the hanger. These models will show up regularly during the festival.

In past years the beer garden has been a place where festival-goers gathered to share their purchases and connect with friends. This year’s virtual beer garden will be a live space that allows for the same experience from the safety of one’s home. For a schedule of events click here.

There will also be a silent auction with gift cards to local businesses and items donated by vendors. The auction will be live during the festival hours. The entire festival will be recorded to allow those from every time zone an opportunity to connect with vendors.

For more information click here.