Swift Indiana

Spinners and Weavers of Indiana Fiber and Textiles

Indiana State Fair Demonstrations

SWIFT State Fair Schedule

Kaitlyn Smith is organizing the State Fair Demonstration booth this year. To sign-up: first, check the schedule (below) to see what days are available. Then, contact Kaitlyn, swift.newsletter@gmail.com, call or text on her cell phone: (317) 652-9131.(or Thelma Goulet, email: thegoulet@usa.com, call or text 317-431-1675) to sign-up.

You will need to include your full name, e-mail address and home mailing address for entrance  tickets, home and cell phone numbers. You will also need to sign a simple waiver for the State Fair.

To display a finished project on our manikin, call or text Thelma Goulet to possibly schedule that. Please plan to just bring the times when you are there demonstrating and then take them home with you.

2016 State Fair Demonstration Booth is located inside the Home and Family Arts Building.

PDF version of this information: Indiana State Fair 7-30 – 16

  • One entrance ticket is provided for your participation and good for the whole day.
  • Parking: There is, however, a daily parking fee of $5.00 to park on the Fair Grounds infield. Here is a map and further information on the fairgrounds website.
  • Driving into the busy Gate #1 can be very slow. Instead, we suggest you park off 38th street by the entrance to Gate #1 and walk across the street into Gate #1.  Then, walk north through the fairgrounds to the Arts Building.  Alternately, you may drive west on the 38th street and turn North onto Winthorp Ave.  Follow Winthorp to enter Gate #16.  Gate #16 takes you to the infield, where you may be able to park close to our building.  From the infield, you can sometimes walk across the track behind building #21 instead of walking under the tunnel.
  • Of course, if you have a wheelchair sticker, you will need to drive into Gate #1 for handicap parking.  That will be fairly close to our building.
  • We will be located near the STAGE area on the west side of the building (far side of building).
  • There is only one daily shift, 11 am to 4 pm. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your shift.
  • Please uncover the tables and set up your station.
  • Please write your name and your county on a name tag.
  • Check the note-book for any messages from the previous day.
  • Bring whatever fibers and special spinning tools you would like to demonstrate. Unfortunately, no tools will be provided for volunteers to use, but drop spindlers, knitters, crocheters, and felters are very welcome bring whatever tools they would like to show off their craft.
  • Tables and padded chairs will be available.  Please, only the demonstrators should be in the booth area.
  • There should be at least one person in the booth at all times, so please stagger your lunch or bathroom breaks.
  • Some wool fiber will be available to spin and we ask that you donate your spinning to go to the weaving.
  • After the shift: Close booth at 4 p.m.  Cover the tables with the same table cloths. Tidy up the booth. Leave notes for next day of any problems and/or call one of us.

SWIFT Booth Schedule Indiana State Fair

August 5th, through August 21st, 2016.
List updated 7/29/16
One shift this year: 11am to 4pm.
Allow plenty of travel time.  It can get busy at the Fair with very long lines!                              

Thursday, Aug. 4th: Set up day, Kaitlyn Smith,

Friday, Aug. 5th: Becky Wiggington, Mary Ann Carpenter, Sylvia Dyar, Ann Wright

Saturday, Aug. 6th:  Thelma Goulet, Pat McMurray, Dana Schrader

Sunday, Aug. 7th:  Kaitlyn Smith, Thelma Goulet, Patti Hodge, Janet Darell, Dana Schrader

Monday, Aug. 8th: Mary Ann Carpenter, Pat McMurray

Tuesday, Aug. 9th:  Mary Ann Carpenter, Pat McMurray. Kaitlyn Smith, Patti Hodge, Thelma Goulet

Wednesday, Aug. 10th: Ella Stots, Pam Morford

Thursday, Aug. 11th: Mary Ann Carpenter, Kaitlyn Smith, Diana Stevens,  Pat McMurray, Eran McCarty (?)

Friday, Aug. 12th:  Mary Ann Carpenter, Sylvia Dyar, Sarah Roth, Laurie Hagans, Ann Wright, Debbie Squire

Saturday, Aug. 13th:  Thelma Goulet, Dana Schrader, Diana Stevens

Sunday, Aug. 14th: , Kaitlyn Smith, Janel Darell, Dana Schrader, Diana Stevens

Monday, Aug. 15th: Mary Ann Carpenter, Pat McMurray, Debbie Squire,

Tuesday, Aug. 16th: Mary Ann Carpenter, Kaitlyn Smith, Pat McMurray, Patti Hodge, Carol Rider

Wednesday, Aug. 17th: Eran McCarty (?), Thelma Goulet, Patti Hodge, Le Burgett

Thursday, Aug. 18th: Mary Ann Carpenter, Kaitlyn Smith,  Diana Stevens, Pat McMurray

Friday, Aug. 19th: Mary Ann Carpenter, Thelma Goulet, Sylvia Dyar

Saturday, Aug. 20th: Thelma Goulet,  Diana Stevens, Le Burgett

Sunday, Aug. 21st: Thelma Goulet, Diana Stevens, Kaitlyn Smith


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