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4th Annual WV Wild and Wooly Fiber Festival Held In Preston County

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REEDSVILLE -

Most people have heard of a cashmere sweater. But many don't realize that the materials to make it come from a goat. The West Virginia Wild and Wooly Fiber Festival brings people in to see animal fibers and how they're used right here in West Virginia.

"I love it, personally. I've gone to, there's other fiber festivals that I've gone to over the summer," said Alison Anderson, a wool spinner, "and it's really fun just to see all the animals."

Those animals include, sheep, llamas, rabbits, and much more. The festival also allows vendors to come in and sell their homemade wool products.

Developers said they wanted to create a forum for the natural fiber arts.

"Give people the opportunity to learn about where fiber comes from," said David Moran, a developer of the West Virginia Fiber Festival, "Natural fibers, and fibers form animals and how they can be used. And how people can use them in projects of their own, as well as understanding the value of natural fiber in the state of West Virginia."

The festival also included demonstrations done by sheep shearers and border collies showing off how they work.

Anderson is a West Virginia University student who is also a member of the Morgantown Fiber Guild. She came to the festival to demonstrate spinning and answer questions people might have.

"I'm spinning with long wool. I bought it at the Farmers Marker actually" Anderson said, "It's from a local farm here. It's been dyed various shades of purple and blue so that's what I'm spinning with."

The Fiber Festival will continue at the WVU Extension Services Farm Arena in Reedsville until Sunday, September 8.