Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip already scheduled for next year

Published 7:50 pm Monday, September 24, 2018

The inaugural Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip was so successful, organizer Judy Busby said she has already scheduled next year’s event.

“We have booked the Vicksburg Convention Center for Sept. 27, 28 and 29 of next year,” Busby said of the event that encompassed many areas of fiber craft, including knitting, crochet, spinning and related crafts such as weaving and dyeing.

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This past weekend more than 1,000 people attended Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip, which included a vendor hall, classes, concessions, entertainment and a signature drink called “Tangled Mess.”

“Everybody loved the signature drink,” Busby said, as well as the entertainment.

“I think the music was one of the highlights,” she said, adding she had received several messages from participants saying they enjoyed the jazz and blues entertainment.

One person even messaged Busby on social media writing, “I loved knitting to live music.”

Debra Wolfe, who attended the two-day fiber show, said everything was so much fun.

“Everyone has been very impressed with the organization, the classes, the vendors and so many other aspects of the event. I look forward to returning next year and plan to meet up with new friends I have made this year,” Wolfe said.

“All day long, people were coming up to me complimenting me and telling me how good the fiber show was,” Busby said.

In addition, most of the classes, which were led by local and regionally known instructors as well as national known fiber instructors completely booked up.

“Some people had booked the classes months in advance of the event,” Busby said, and because of its success, instructors who were not involved with this year’s Fiber Fun in the “Sip have already been reaching out to Busby and are wanting to teach at next year’s show.

Busby, who is the owner of Fabs & More and the Whole 9 Yarns, located at 3040 Halls Ferry Road, said, “Vendors have been calling and wanting to come next year.”

At the inaugural event, more than 40 vendors participated and hailed from several states throughout the South including Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Tennessee.

Those attending the fiber show also came from areas outside of the River City, and, Busby said, the event reached 11K on social media.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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