Sock Monkey Madness afoot in Rockford

February 28, 2013 by  

The Sock Monkey Madness Festival is coming to Rockford in early March, so locals can dust off their sock monkey and bring him or her along.

Rockford has a long history with sock monkeys. It was, after all, the Rockford Red Heel Socks which brought us the iconic sock monkey we know today. The red heels were used for the monkey’s lips and behind. While sock monkeys are made of many materials today, none are as recognizable as those made from Rockford Red Heel Socks.

There will be plenty of activities to take part in at the Sock Monkey Madness Festival, including a ‘make-a-monkey’ workshop. Participants will pay $20 for instruction and supplies; the workshop will run for approximately two hours. Guests will also have the opportunity to dress up a ready-made monkey with clothes and accessories. There will also be children’s crafts, historical displays on the history of knitting and the sock monkey in Rockford, book signings, the Ms/Mr Sockford 2013 Beauty and Talent Contest, food for purchase, vendors, free medical checkups and surgery for damaged sock monkey, and an induction ceremony for the Sock Monkey Hall of Fame.

Organizers will likely be working with local printing companies to help encourage visitors from all over the region, including nearby Loves Park, to visit the festival.

The Sock Monkey Madness Festival will take place at Midway Village Museum in Rockford this weekend (March 2 – 3) from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. For more information, call 815-397-9112.