Hallockville to host 7th annual Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair

Tabbethia Haubold-Magee of Long Island Livestock Company demonstrates llama shearing on Louise the llama (Credit: Katherine Schroeder)

Tabbethia Haubold-Magee of Long Island Livestock Company shears Louise the llama at the 2014 fair (Credit: Katherine Schroeder)

s all add up to a great time at the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair at Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15.

Visitors will observe and learn how local artisans craft wool and other animal fibers into beautiful finished pieces of clothing and art. Many of the events also demonstrate how things were done in years past on the farm.

“It’s to the celebrate the fiber arts and crafts like knitting, weaving, spinning yarn and dying wool,” said Beth Motschenbacher, assistant director at Hallockville Museum Farm. “The fibers all come from animals on the farm like wool from sheep, fibers from llamas and alpacas, as well as angora from rabbits.”

Events taking place during the two-day event will include sheep and llama shearing, sheep herding, basket weaving, spinning, knitting, quilting and a llama obstacle course.

“We’ll also have someone doing a natural dye demonstration,” Motschenbacher said. “They will use herbs and plants like onion skins to dye wool brown.”

There will also be over 25 vendors selling their handmade fiber arts such as knitted clothing, hooked rugs and homemade spun yarn.

Home baked goods will also be for sale. Several food trucks will also be on hand including Nice Buns, which will sell sandwiches and sliders, and Pizza Rita, a wood fired pizza truck offering pies

“It’s a nice day to the bring the family and enjoy some spring festivities,” Motschenbacher said.

Tickets for the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages five to 12. Kids four and under are free. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine).

Hallockville will offer bus service from Manhattan to the fair on Saturday, May 14. Tickets are $45 and include round-trip transportation to and from the North Fork on a private coach. Fair admission for one adult to the fair, which includes all demonstrations, hands-on craft opportunities, vendors, historic museum tours, plus the option for local wine tasting.

The bus will depart Manhattan from 40th Street and 3rd Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Call 631-298-5292 for special pricing for a group of 5 or more. For more information and to book bus tickets visit hallockville.com.

Hallockville Museum Farm is located at 6038 Sound Avenue in Riverhead