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2015 National Rope Makers Convention

will be held in conjunction with

"Farming of Yesterday"

June 26-28, 2015 at Kiester, Minn.

Make a rope and tie up these dates.

This year's event will include:  Rope Making and Spinning 'Yarns' (probably not the fiber kind).

 Address for the event:  1736 - 600th Avenue, Kiester, MN    The event website is:  http://www.farmingofyesteryear.com/  MAP of Driving Directions from Albert Lea, MN Click Here for map     Map of Driving Directions from Lake Mills, IA  Click here for map  

2015 Convention Coordinators:

Dann Johnson - dann@ropesmith.com  -  (515) 520-9470

Mike Cookson - rope_making_hippie@yahoo.com  -  1625  2nd Ave., Apt.#202, Rock, IL  61201 -  (309) 786-2218

FREE gate fee for public!!!!

(Gate fee listed on Event Website refers to the FALL SHOW - NOT the spring show.)

Site is 2 miles East, then 2 miles South of city of Kiester. Also Site is 1/2 mile North of Iowa - Minnesota Boarder and about 25 miles West of where Interstate 35 crosses from Minnesota to Iowa, or about 15 miles South of Interstate 90 ( those roads intersect in Albert Lea, Minnesota ) Site address is 1736 600th St. Kiester, Minnesota 56051

Group meal and Awards Banquet on Saturday night.

Other activities at the event:  Horse and Mule Show on Saturday.  Antique Tractor Pull on Sunday.  Other activities happening on the grounds include:  Blacksmithing, Wheel making, Rug making, and other such arts.

City of Kiester is having their town Festival "Kiester Days" that same weekend - city parade in town on Saturday.

Information about Kiester, MN - http://kiestermn.org/?p=8&month=jun&yr=2014 

LODGING

Camping at the event site is free for rope participants (no electricity).  Fee for Motorhome electric hook-up at event site.

Comfort Inn
810 Happy Trails Ln., Albert Lea, MN, US, 56007
Phone: (507) 377-1100
Fax: (507) 377-6134

Lake Mills Motel 402 North Lake Street
Lake Mills, IA 50450 (Map Office: 641-592-3711 $55 single $60 Double

ROPE MAKING GROUPS ON YAHOO

    There are 2 Rope Making groups on Yahoo I'd like to mention.  They deal with old and new rope making techniques, rope making through history,  various rope machines, and so much more.  Several of the Yahoo group members attend the annual Rope Makers Conventions.  What at great place to network (no pun intended..."net" work...anyway...) with other rope makers.  The largest of the Yahoo groups is:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ropemaking/    The other group has the same quality of posts, it just doesn't have as many members yet.  The address for that group is:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RopeMakerConvention2005/?yguid=331920327    If you have an interest in ropes and rope making, you're going to want to join one or both of these groups.

AMERICAN ROPEMAKERS GUILD on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/109840139080058/ 

 

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE ADDED TO THIS PAGE AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

 

Below are 4 videos of the Hay Rope we made in 2011.  They are listed in order -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t94vp_XcTeM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8wJqAoOCN0&feature=related  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCaZI03KtBA&feature=related  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ggalXgqrxQ&feature=related  

 

You may also want to check out some of the highlights of the 2006 Rope Makers Convention (below).

 

2006 NATIONAL ROPE MAKERS CONVENTION

AND

     FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL    

                                                                           

September 9 & 10, 2006

Crete Heritage Society Complex

(Benne Memorial Museum and The Maples)  

(near the South Tuxedo Park entrance)

Crete, Nebraska

Saturday 9AM - 5PM      Sunday  9AM - 4PM

 

NEW****ATTENTION****NEW

If you weren't able to attend the 2006 event, you can now enjoy highlights captured on video.  A DVD is now available for only $15.00 +$2.00 shipping and handling from:

Crete Heritage Society - PO Box 304 - Crete, NE  68333  Phone:  (402) 826-5050 or (402) 826-5270

Wilber Boy Scout Troop 101 provided the food concessions.  The menu included:  Sloppy Joes, Sloppy Nachos, Regular Nachos, Hot Dogs, Chips, Pastry Rolls, Kolaches, Orange Drink, Iced Tea, Coffee, and Water.  The food was delicious....and they delivered to your demonstration area!!

It rained nearly all day Saturday, but it didn't stop the public from coming out to visit.  We had 11 rope stations (rope machine collections and/or rope making demonstrations) and 14 fiber arts stations (to include crocheting, tatting, bobbin lace, card weaving, loom weaving, rag rugs, t-shirt rugs, macrame, and quilting).  The Kramer Sisters provided music on Saturday afternoon.

 

Many of the demonstrators stayed Saturday evening for the banquet (catered by Frank's Smokehouse of Wilber, NE).  After the meal, 3 rope makers were inducted into the American Rope Makers Guild as Master Rope Makers.  They are (left to right):  Skip Wise, Fred Mueller, and Richard Schondelmayer.

 

Sunday was not as 'dreary' and rain filled of a day.  The rope makers pooled their efforts in the morning to make a rope that ended up being a bit over 200 feet long - Congratulations!

I know I had a GREAT time and I'm looking forward to next year!

If you have any question, please contact:  Les Vilda, PO Box 99, Wilber, NE  68465  (402)821-3058

Les Vilda (left) and CW Miller (right) look forward to seeing you at the 2015 event.
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