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On Centre: Penns Valley | Festival to promote fiber arts

Though people may spin the truth on occasion, don’t worry about having the wool pulled over your eyes about fiber arts this weekend in Millheim.

A community event promises a close-knit bunch of folks eager to educate the public about their craft.

The inaugural Millheim Fiber Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Millheim will feature yarn, hand-knitting and crocheted clothing, craft vendors, live spinning demonstrations, kids crafts, knitting areas and live sheep.

Event spokeswoman Kim Bierly said the goal of the fest is to promote the life cycle of fiber arts “from the farmers who raise sheep and other fiber animals to the spinners to the artisans that create crafts and clothing.”

Vendors this year include Main Street Yarn, Steam Valley Fiber Farm, Bald Eagle Valley Alpaca Ranch, Lazy “O” Ranch and Tamarack Farm.

Joy McCracken, of Hughesville, will hold a spinning demonstration at noon at the Green Drake Gallery, and there will be a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Millheim Farmers Market. Tamarack Farm of Spring Mills will hold a felting demonstration at 2 p.m. for kids at IngleBean Coffee House.

The Fiber Fest will also include an area at the Bremen Town Ballroom that will be set up for charity throughout the festival. Clothes made will be donated to the Outreach Center in Aaronsburg as part of a project started in 2005 by the Penns Valley Area Knitters, Bierly said.

The event is sponsored by EcoVents in Millheim and Main Street Yarn in Rebersburg.