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September 2016-Georgia Fiber Fest
September 8, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - September 10, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
The 2016 Georgia Fiber Fest will be held at the beautiful Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. The Iron Works building is a unique and appropriate setting for crafting. This landmark building is centrally located to the abundant amenities of the Columbus area.
The Iron Works building boasts a fascinating history and a story to tell. It’s a story of struggles, survival, and radiance under impossible pressures. Since the mid-1800’s the foundry has been pivotal to the growth and expansion of this southern city. As a producer of such necessary merchandise items as kettles, ovens, and engines, the Columbus Iron Works served to boost economic expansion in the region. During the Civil War, the foundry expanded the product line to include mortars and wrought iron rifled cannons.
In June of 1862, the Columbus Iron Works business was leased by the Confederate Navy. The engines and boilers were put into action for the gunboat Chattahoochee and the ironclad Muscogee. On April 17, 1865, Union troops burned the city’s cotton warehouses, the Muscogee, and all of the war-related industries.
Within the next year, the resilience of the Columbus Iron Works was demonstrated with operations commencing in a repaired and expanded facility. This leadership in the recovery effort echoed as the textile plants and other manufacturing facilities were rebuilt and re-engaged in commerce.
As the need for steam engines declined, the company transformed once again and became active in the production of ice machines in the early 1880’s. But fate dealt another blow when the buildings burned in 1902. Rebuilt once again, the plant continued to forge ironworks and related products.
In 1969 the Columbus Iron Works was recognized as a historic treasure and included on the National Register of Historic places. The buildings were renovated and today’s modern facility is a leader in convention space innovation, while preserving the tangible history of the region and the foundry. The Chattahoochee Riverwalk is just steps away from the convention center. This area has been modernized and hosts activities for visitors of all ages.
This year’s event includes Crochet as one of the categories in the Fiber Arts Contest. Entry fee is only $5 per entry! The entries will be judged by four judges and their respective scores totaled for the win. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st thru 3rd place in each category and special awards will be given for Judge’s Special Merit, Peoples’ Choice, and Best in Show. Check the website for the latest registration information.
The Columbus Marriott is the preferred hotel for the Georgia Fiber Festival event. Click here for info on reduced rates for attendees.
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