It's 9 am on Saturday, May 30, 2020. For the past year, as we worked to pull together the sixth annual Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, we were working toward this date and time when we knew we would be welcoming the first festival goers to the event grounds. As attendees entered, they would disperse to meet fiber animals, see the talent in the fiber arts competition, start the first of this weekend's workshops, and interact with a demonstrator. Many would head straight to the vendor field, eager for the first opportunity to select from award-winning fleeces, natural and hand-dyed yarn, intricate garments, accomplished weavings from master weavers, and more.
Even though we find ourselves at home this year, a large portion of our amazing vendors have online shops. This weekend, we encourage you to visit the 2020 Vendor Marketplace Directory to peruse the shops and support small businesses. Nine vendors are supporting Navajo and Hopi COVID-19 relief efforts by donating up to 50% on their sales to select organizations through Sunday, May 31.
We recognize that many vendors do not have an online presence. For many of our vendors, the rural location where they live and lack of access to technology does not make online sales feasible. These vendors depend on festivals to support their income. As we move through the summer, we encourage you to find ways in your local community to seek out fiber artisans and producers where the purchase can't be done through a website. Many of these vendors are willing to go back and forth over email, have you visit their property (as COVID-19 allows, of course), and purchase through a series of back and forth communication.
We thank you for continuing to support our festival, and the artisans and fiber producers who make our fiber community vibrant.