WEST FARGO — You may not know this, but your car? It gets cold on those chilly days, too.
However, the cold-car syndrome could be a thing of the past for one Fargo couple — and it's not by accident.
Kim Baird is a fiber arts queen. She founded the Fiber Arts Festival — a gathering of anyone and everyone who likes working with yarn, thread, quilts, afghans and everything in between — and currently serves as the president of the nonprofit. For the second year in a row, the festival will be held at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, something Baird says was a big decision.
"Last year was our first year at the fairgrounds," Baird says. "It's lovely. We have a great big building that we have everything in there. And it's air-conditioned."
But why is she driving a car leading up to the festival, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4, that looks like it's more suited for the dead of winter rather than this hot August weather?
"I thought this year I wanted to make sure everyone knew it was coming up," she says. "So I figured, let's yarn-bomb a car!"
And yarn-bomb they did. Baird reached out to her Facebook group seeking knitted and crocheted 12-inch squares to cover the vehicle.
"When it came time to put it on the car, holy smackaronis," Baird says, chuckling. "It's a big space to cover! I struggled for two days and Debbie (Richman) came and helped the last two days and we got everything on the car and attached."
Using binder clips, string and Command picture-hanging Velcro strips, Baird's Subaru Forester was transformed into a colorful combination of yarns of all shapes and sizes.
"We did a test-drive around the block and nothing flew off," she says. "It's definitely patchwork."
Classes and demonstrations are offered over the two-day event — including weaving, needle felting, knitting and more — and 16 vendors from North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa will sell everything from yarn to buttons and more, giving attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in all things fiber.
As in the past, sheep shearing demonstrations will also take place and a "Sheep to Shawl" competition will be held, something that only takes place every so often.
"Many come in looking like, 'Why am I here?'" Baird says. "But pretty soon they're smiling. Then on the way out they're like, 'This is so great.' It's a two-day event, so sometimes people come back a second day. It really is fun. There's a lot of things to discover."
If you go
What: 11th annual Fiber Arts Festival
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Red River Valley Fairgrounds, Hartl Building and Schollander Pavilion, 1805 Main Ave. W., West Fargo
Info: There is no cost to attend. Vendors will have items available for purchase and concessions will also be available.