- One of the worlds funniest looking animals, the alpaca, is at Fiberfest.
Fiberfest is Lake Farmpark's two-day blowout, promoting natural fibers and the animals and plants that produce them. But there's actually plenty of really fun stuff happening at the park throughout the weekend -- like all of the fibrous animals that will be on hand: a menagerie of llamas, alpacas, angora goats, rabbits, and sheep, all there for the petting.
Take Mr. Tony Curtis, a 10-year-old, 350-pound llama. Owner Bill Amidon of Ashtabula calls him his "PR llama," because the animal lets people pet him and guide him through an obstacle course of jumps, dips, and ramps. "He likes to get rough-and-tumble with me, but he steps back a few notches when he's around children and people with special needs," Amidon says.
The fest also features exhibitors sharing their knowledge of fiber-producing flowers and vendors hawking various fiber-based clothing and raw materials, such as cotton, hemp, and nylon. And don't forget the annual sheep-shearing demonstrations: Exhibitors shave the wool off the animals, spin and drop-spindle the material, and weave it into sweaters and blankets. Just in time for summer! Fiberfest is at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, at Lake Farmpark, 8800 Chardon Road in Kirtland. Admission is $4 for kids ages 2-11 and $6 for everybody else. Call 440-256-2154. -- Cris Glaser
Li'l Annikas hit the links.
After all the recent hoopla over Annika Sörenstam's inclusion in a men's PGA tour event, it's no surprise that little girls everywhere would want to get their swings on too. The Cleveland Metroparks' Girls' Golf Day offers junior Annikas (ages 10 to 17) the chance to learn the ins and outs of the game, with featured events that include a hands-on clinic, various skills competitions, and actual golfing on the par-3 Shawnee Hills Golf Course. Awards will be handed out at the end of the day. It's a fun, low-pressure introduction to the game -- in other words, the PGA has nothing to do with it. Girls' Golf Day starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Hills (18753 Egbert Road in Bedford). Admission is $10, and registration is required; call 440-232-7184. -- Michael Gallucci