14th Annual Fiber U

July 8-9, 2023

Cowan Civic Center
500 E. Elm, St. Lebanon, MO

 

Registration and list of classes opens on March 15, 2023, please check back!


SAVE THE DATE

July 20-21, 2024


Fiber “U” is all about promoting Fiber Arts education in the Midwest and providing the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skill in working with fiber. There is a wide assortment of classes available for both the beginners and the experienced artisans alike. You can take up to SIX classes for a flat registration fee (plus any additional material fee), but you must pre-register as classes are limited in size and are filled on a first come basis.  Class and registration will open mid March each year, so please check back.

HOW TO REGISTER: Print out the registration form and fill in the required information (one form per person please). Choose your top 8 classes and list with #1 being the one you want to take the most. MAIL in your signed registration form with ONLY your registration fee made payable to Fiber U. You will be sent an e-mail confirming receipt of your registration and the class(es) you have a reserved space in.  Please do not send in your material fees until you are invoiced for them.  Classes are not confirmed until all material fees are received. If your material fees are not paid by the indicated due date, your space may be given to someone else on the waiting list.  If you wish to register for classes AFTER June 23rd, please e-mail your list of classes to info@fiber-u.com first to see if they are still available and receive your total amount due.

REGISTRATION HINTS:  Narrow down your class selections.  Then go to the Class By Time page (this is a listing off all the classes by the time they start and also where classes that are full will be noted in bold print).  If you are taking a class and need to rent a spinning wheel or loom, please be sure and indicate that on your registration form.

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: Cancellations are accepted in writing up to June 8, 2023 with 100% of registration fees and material fees refunded.  After June 8, 2023, only material fees will be refunded. Students who check-in at the event but do not attend their class will not receive any refund.  Cancellations due to “acts of God” will be assessed on an individual basis.

FACEBOOK: We also have a Facebook business page called Fiber U where you can share our event with your friends. This page will also be used by our vendors to  target shoppers with some posts about what types of products they will be selling in their booths.

LOCATION: Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center, 500 E. Elm Street (Historic Route 66), Lebanon, MO

 DIRECTIONS: From I-44 to exit 130. Go North 1.5 miles. Civic Center is on your left.  From the North:Hwy 5 into Lebanon. Turn left onto Elm Street and go ½ mile to Civic Center.   From the South:  Hwy 5 into Lebanon.  Turn right onto Elm Street and go 1/2 mile to Civic Center.  Visit: www.lebanonmo.org

Fiber U 2023 Scholarship Information

We will be issuing THREE fiber arts scholarships for Fiber U.  Last year we raffled off a Spinning Wheel with the proceeds going towards this year’s scholarships.  Anyone ALREADY REGISTERED for classes at Fiber U is eligible* (see terms below) to be considered. Deadline Date: June 1, 2023.

The first scholarship is for up to $200 credit towards registration and material fees for any one person who has previously attended Fiber U as a student. (*If you are unsure, you can ask us!).

The second scholarship is for up to $100 credit towards registration and material fees for any one person who is a first time Fiber U student.

The third scholarship is for up to $75 credit toward registration and material fees for any one person who is a Juniors Fiber Artists (between 13-18 years of age with parental permission).

 You can nominate someone, or yourself! We will only accept one application per person.

  1. Fill out the brief Scholarship application – be sure to indicate for which one you are applying for.
  2. Send it in by snail mail or email to: info@fiber-u.com

This year we will take all eligible applications for each category, put them in a box, and select one for each scholarship.  Nominators and/or Scholarship winners will be notified by Fiber U by mid- June and put on our web-site and Facebook page.  The Scholarships have no monetary value, and can only be used for one person. Previous winners are not eligible.

2023 Schedule

Friday, July 7, 2023

9:00am – 6:00pm
Vendor Move In

12:00pm– 5:30pm
Registration/Check-in

3:00pm– 4:15pm
Vendor/Registration Hospitality

6:00 pm
Building Closes

Saturday, July 8, 2023

6:30am – 8:00am
Vendor Move In
(no vehicles in building on Sat.)

6:45am – 11:00am
Registration/Check-in

8:00am – 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open for Shopping!

8:00am – 12:00pm
Classes

11:00am – 2:00pm
Concession Stand Open For Lunch

1:00m – 5:00pm
Classes

5:30pm
Building Closes

Sunday, July 9, 2023

7:30am – 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall Opens

8:00am – 12:00pm
Classes

11:30am – 1:30pm
Concession Stand Open For Lunch

1:00m – 3:00pm
C
lasses

3:30pm
Event Closed – Vendor Move-Out

LODGING: Fiber “U” has blocks of reduced rooms at these area hotels- (please call local number) and say you are with Fiber U block of rooms or Fiber U for the discounted rate.

Located at exit 127:

  • Hampton Inn: 417-533-3100
  • Holiday Inn Express: 417-532-1111
  • Super 8: 417 588-2574

And The Manor House Inn (B&B), 505 East Elm Street (across from the Civic Center) (417) 718-6200 : Please say you are with Fiber U for corporate rate discount.  For a complete list of hotels/motels and B&B’s, please visit  www.lebanonmo.org

Other Lebanon area hotels or campgrounds: Happy Trails RV Park (417)532-3422 (exit 123), Bennett Springs State Park or or visit www.lebanonmo.org for additional lodging locations.

STATE BOOTHS: Unique advertising opportunity for EVERYONE….There will be 9 state booths representing MO and the 8 surrounding states. Each fiber resource is eligible to place a pin (with a number) on their state map. That number will correspond with a 9” x 12” space on tables in that booth where you can place your business cards, brochures, coupons, sales list… you name it- only rule is that it must lay flat on the table. You are responsible for bringing and putting the items on the table and taking them home at the end of the weekend. This way only the folks who want your material will take them. No stall space to stay in, no booth to watch.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Numerous demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend by vendors and area fiber guilds. A special area, “Crafter’s Corner”  has been set aside if you just want to sit and spin, or knit and crochet- so bring your wheel, your projects and sit and visit with new friends and old!

FIBER ARTIST SHOWCASE:  A special area has been set aside for the Fiber Artist Showcase where ANY Fiber Artist (beginner to advanced) can display their work for everyone to enjoy.  Covered tables will be provided.  It is recommended that you bring a pre-printed index card describing your item, method used, and materials and any display materials you may need.  General public will be encouraged to visit this area.

DINING: The concession stand will be open only for lunch at the Civic Center or you can travel less than one mile to over a dozen fast food chains.  Please do not bring in outside food when concession stand is open for lunch.

FIBER COLLECTION: Fiber “U” is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of FREE shipping and/or discounted pick-up of your fibers. Please check with the respective mills, groups or companies for packaging, required labeling and identification instructions. ALL fiber for  NEAFP must placed in boxes.  We recommend that you vacuum pack it.  Any unboxed fiber left will not be shipped on the pallet-no exceptions. The following will be collecting at Fiber “U”.

  • NEAFP (www.neafp.com)
  • HLA Fiber Mill (www.hlafibermill.com)
  • If you are bringing fiber, please do not bring it through the lobby- drive around to the large doors at the back. Carts will be available to help with unloading. Boxes for NEAFP will need to be weighed in, recorded and placed on the appropriate pallet to be shipped.  Please help on shipping costs by removing as much air from your bags of fiber and using smaller boxes.

VENDORS:   All Vendors are to be from MO or the 8 surrounding states and be a resource in the fiber industry. Please contact Liz Mitchko at 417–664-6988 or info@fiber-u.com for vendor application or look on the Forms page for an application. Current vendors have until the last day of the current show to keep their booth for the following year.   We will begin to accept applications for 2023 on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Fiber “U” for new vendors to be put on a waiting list.