Arts festival this weekend

Posted on Jan 25 2013 - 6:56am by Lacey Russell

Your low-cost fun is here this weekend. For its third year, the Fiber Arts Festival will open its exhibit hall at 2 p.m. Friday in the Powerhouse. A $1 donation gets you into the exhibit hall, demonstration areas and the kids’ programs.

Friday evening at 6 p.m., publisher, designer and author Shannon Okey will give a talk entitled “Knitwear as Fashion — Not Your Grandmother’s Craft Anymore.”

Okey will discuss publishing and knitting. Her company, Cooperative Press, looks to feature new authors and help them bring a vibrancy to the craft.

Animals  are coming to town Saturday, so don’t be surprised to see llamas, sheep, alpacas and goats in the parking lot of the Powerhouse.

Inside on Saturday, angora rabbits will be on display as well. Visit the menagerie of animals and stay for the fudge, as Mississippi vendor Spoonfudge! will be also visiting.

Various workshops will be held on Saturday and Sunday, and raffle drawings will take place Sunday.

Fiber arts means more than knitting, and the momentum of the festival continues beyond the Powerhouse to a loom weaving class on Monday at Knit1. The class promises that students will leave with a finished product.

For more information, stop by Knit1, call (662)-238-2829 or check out