Sock monkey madness!

Published: 11th December 2008

Sock monkey madness!
Sock fans will love possibly the most original legwear-loving festival: that of the Sock Monkey Madness Festival in Rockford.

The story of the sock monkey began in the Great Depression when the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford sold red-heeled socks to the masses with instructions to sew them in a certain way, allowing them to turn into sock monkeys, according to American Profile.

Next year's hosiery festival will celebrate the achievements of sock monkeys everywhere, taking place in the city between March 7th and 8th.

Attractions that will be on show will include "an exhibit featuring the local history of the knitting industry, the creation of the sock monkey, sock monkey workshops, book signings, a Miss Sockford talent contest, medical check-ups for sock monkeys and a film festival".

People looking for men's or ladies' Christmas socks may be inspired by the charitable work of TH Johnson Elementary in America, which is collecting socks for charity by hanging them on their Christmas trees, according to the Taylor Daily Press.

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