The Blue Ridge Fiber Festival will be on June 7th and 8th here in Alleghany County, 1375 US HWY 21 North, and we wanted to give you an introduction to some of the special guests that will be in attendance!
First, we would like to introduce Weston. Weston is an English Angora rabbit. There are four recognized breeds of angora rabbit: English, French, Giant and Satin. Each has a distinct quality to their wool, and each breed may be represented in the barn at the Fiber Fest!
This leads us to our next guest, Vanessa. Vanessa is also an Angora rabbit but is a little different than Weston. Vanessa is a French Angora rabbit.
Meet Slap Shot! Slap Shot is an Angora Goat and produces a fiber called mohair. The average Angora Goat in the U.S. shears approximately 5.3 pounds of mohair per shearing and are usually sheared twice a year. They produce a fiber with a staple length of between 12 and 15cm. However, Slap Shot is a little more special than just any Angora Goat, he was born on the first day of the Stanley Cup finals!
Be sure to make plans to attend the Blue Ridge Fiber Festival, June 7th & 8th, where you can meet these lovely animals and learn more about them! The animals will be on display surrounded by their shepherds who can speak for them and educate a curious public about each one’s unique fiber characteristics. The festival will provide services for farmers as well. From shearing to product photography to the enhancement of their farmer’s business and the growth of the family farm.