Sheep to Shawl Fall Festival Saturday


WALLA WALLA — The annual Kirkman House Museum Sheep to Shawl Fall Festival will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 214 N. Colville St.

Traditional methods of wool processing will be packed into one afternoon. Sheep will be shorn on the side lawn and the wool will be cleaned, dyed and spun by local spinners to make various items.

Free activities will help celebrate the community’s rural heritage with demonstrations of carding, spinning and weaving throughout the day.

Children’s games and contests include onion peeling at 11 a.m., pie eating at 1 p.m., and a feeding frenzy at 2 p.m..

Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., featuring lamb skewers, sliders, salads and desserts from the Kirkman House cookbook.

One drawing winner will take home a hand-woven shawl created by textile artist Val Calley. The wool was shorn from the sheep at last year’s festival then spun and dyed to create a one-of-a-kind piece valued at more than $200. Tickets for the drawing will be available for a suggested donation of $1 per ticket. Proceeds from the drawing and food sales help fund the museum’s programs.

Handmade wool and other products will be for sale during the event.

Admission to the museum is free during the event. For more information, call 529-4373.


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