Fiber Competitions

The North Country Fiber Fair Board thanks the Brookings Fiberworks Guild and the Crossthreads Fiber Guild for sponsoring several awards.

Additional details for all competitions are at the bottom of the page.


People’s Choice Award

Given to those entries judged by fairgoers to be the best of show in two categories:

  • Finished items: one award — $25
  • Handspun skeins: one award — $25

Kay Cheever Award for Artistic Expression and Originality

This award celebrates a unique creative work, expressed in fiber, along with excellent workmanship. It is given to the finished item judged by the Brookings FiberWorks Guild to be the most creative and original project. It must be an original design by the entrant and entrant should describe the creative process and/or ideas on the entry form.

  • Award — $75

About Kay Cheever

Kay Cheever was a wonderful fiber artist and writer. She had a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia and her passion was elevating everyday life through fiber arts. Kay was instrumental in founding the fiber arts guilds in South Dakota. In the 1980s, she and other fiber enthusiasts started meeting in Brookings. From this simple beginning, the Brookings FiberWorks Guild, the Crossthreads Guild (Sioux Falls area), and the Prairie Fiber Arts Guild (Aberdeen area) were created. Kay passed away in 2002 but her legacy lives on. The video below tells a bit of her story.


Marty Davidsohn Award for Exceptional Fiber Works/Arts

The entries for this award will be judged by a panel of members from the Crossthreads Fiber Guild as best works in two categories:

  • Finished Project: one award — $50
  • Handspun Skein: one award — $35

About Marty Davidsohn

Marty Davidsohn was a long-time supporter in the fiber arts world through helping the organization of local fiber art guilds, groups focusing on spinning and weaving, retreats, and for many years she was active in North Country Fiber Fair. She loved to share the fiber arts with others and help them develop and fine tune their skills. Through her travels around the world she enjoyed exploring new places and making new friends; many times bringing back examples and the skills of fiber arts she visited. The influence of the places Marty had traveled or classes she had taken to expand her knowledge always led to projects that reflected what she learned and enthusiasm to share with others.

This award was inspired by Marty’s unique skills and willingness to try something new, as well as her patience and calm demeanor when approached with a challenge. There were many times you could see Marty sitting with others just starting out on a new wheel, loom, or knitting needles and a knotty mess of yarn; her encouraging words to not give up and suggestions on what to do next were always welcome. Marty passed in 2021, but her influence will live on.


Details for all competitions:

  • Entry deadline is 10 am on Saturday.
  • People’s choice voting will be Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Winners will be announced prior to the Saturday presentation.
  • All items must be handmade and must have been completed after the previous NCFF.
  • Entries must be made of at least 50% natural fiber.
  • Entry form must be attached to object, preferably to a lower corner if item is hung.
  • Items should be ready for display.
  • An entry form needs to be filled out for each item entered and can be picked up at the information booth.
  • The NCFF Board reserves the right to refuse items that do not meet the requirements of the competition.
  • All entries must remain on display until noon on Sunday. Please make arrangements to have your item(s) picked up or mailed to you at your own expense if you are unable to pick them up in person.
  • Please check each award for additional specific requirements.

NCFF assumes no liability or responsibility for entries that are lost, stolen, or damaged.