Visitors to the 2019 SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees will be able to trace wool production from the back of a sheep to the jersey that keeps them warm during the evening’s entertainment at the National Woolgrowers’ Association (NWGA) stalls.
Various types of equipment used in the processing of wool and manufacture of garments will also be on show, with visitors being able to see the process of production from shearing to cleaning and scouring; grading and sorting; carding; spinning; weaving and finishing.
There will be finished wool jerseys and other products on sale.
On hand to answer questions about all things wool will be representatives from BKB and Merino South Africa.
BKB is a leading company in the South African wool sector, and is involved in the full production process, from the growing of wool to selling it on the auction floor to buyers from around the world.
Other companies that are part of the NWGA will also be selling a range of wool products, including slippers, socks, jackets and stuffed toys.
Merino SA will have live sheep at the festival; giving visitors the opportunity to find out more about the breeding and care that goes into producing some of the world’s finest wools.
Adult tickets cost R150 per day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A weekend pass is R350.
For festival goers aged between seven and 17 tickets cost R70 per day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and R150 for a weekend pass.
SASSA pensioners tickets can be purchased at the gate only for R100 per day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are available from: Mafuta Padstal in Kirkwood, Westway Tickets on the corner of Lewerkie and Hoepoe Streets in Cotswold Extension Port Elizabeth, and BZN Stationers in Uitenhage