The Woolly West Fest was founded by Jacinta Wareham and Naomi Turner in 2014 – the result of a self-imposed challenge to do something ‘fun’ for the community.

The festival draws on the region’s most famous natural resource – wool – and showcases its creative potential with a broad range of community art projects.

Believed to be the largest (geographically speaking) community arts project in Victoria and possibly even Australia, the Woolly West Fest unites ten towns from across the Shire of Southern Grampians (in a competitive kind of way) in a single two-week celebration of wool and early childhood literacy.

Running on a two-year cycle, the Woolly West Fest alternates between a childrens’ book themed year, and a Yarn Trail year.