The California Wool and Fiber Festival (CWFF) was founded in 1997 and is a 501c3 non-profit organization, run by a local board of fiber enthusiasts. The mission of the California Wool & Fiber Festival is to keep fiber arts & natural fiber production alive and well: local fiber producers, craftsmen and artists are brought together to display and sell their wares, demonstrate their skills and educate the public about natural fibers and their importance to our community and culture. One of the functions of the CWFF is to host the California National Wool Show at the Mendocino County Fair.
The first California Wool and Fiber Festival was held in the spring of 1997. It was the brainchild of a few fiber people who realized that while there was no shortage of spinners, weavers, knitters, fiber producers and others who wanted to come together to share their interests…there was no festival in our area to call our own. The first one-day gathering opened without an official name, with a small number of vendors selling their fiber-related wares to an even smaller number of visitors. What the show did have, however, was a group of people who enjoyed participating in this event, and wanted to nurture it and see it grow into something special. Each year the Festival and the Wool Show have grown in size and we now occupy the entire Commercial Building at the Fair.