Black Sheep Newsletter
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Coming Events

WISCONSIN SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL will be held September 7-9, 2018 in Jefferson County Fair Park on Jackson Ave. in Jefferson, Wisconsin. Activities include contests, auctions, shepherd’s workshops, wool show and a lamb dinner on Saturday evening. For more information:
Phone: 608-868-2505

THE CALIFORNIA WOOL AND FIBER FESTIVAL (CWFF), a non-profit is held in conjunction with the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show, hosting the California National Wool Show with entries from the across the US. The event will be held September 14-16, 2018 from 10am-8pm at the Mendocino County Fair Grounds located at 14400 Hwy 128 in Boonville, California.
For more information contact Nancy Finn at 707-459-8558
Email: or visit our website

MOFGA’s 42ND COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR will be held September 21-23, 2018. Celebrate rural living at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s 42nd annual event in Unity. Be sure to visit the Fleece Tent which showcases the best of Maine-grown wool and specialty fibers. Sale ongoing all three days — 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9am-5pm on Sunday. We are encouraging people who bought fleece last year to bring your yarns or finished items with you so we can see what a year has yielded.  Fleece judging is Saturday, starting at 10am. Also visit the Wednesday Spinners and the Fiber Marketplace, both adjacent to the Fleece Tent; the booths in the Maine Fiber Farms area; and the many fiber businesses in the Maine Ag Booths area. Spinners are invited to demonstrate spinning with the Wednesday Spinners (our 42nd consecutive year at the Fair!) all three days, 10am-4pm. Please join us!
For more information about MOFGA and the Fair, especially for opportunities to volunteer, visit:
For additional Fleece Tent information, contact
Penelope Olson at or
Phone: 207-785-2784

22ND ANNUAL OREGON FLOCK and FIBER FESTIVAL will be held in Canby, Oregon, September 22-23, 2018. The celebrated handcraft is felting and the celebrated breed is the Jacob sheep.

30TH ANNUAL VERMONT SHEEP and WOOL FESTIVAL will be held September 29-30, 2018 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds in Tunbridge. This festival celebrates small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items and local meat and cheese. The festival includes contests, fiber arts classes and demonstrations, shepherd workshops, herding and shearing demos, fleece sale and more set against a backdrop of rolling hills during the peak of Vermont fall foliage. Adults $6, seniors $5, children under 12 $1. For more information visit our web page:

22ND ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP Festival will be held October 10-14 in Hailey, Idaho. Activities include watching 1,500 sheep head south on Ketchum’s Main St, a wool festival, championship sheep dog trials and lamb tastings. For more information and tickets:
Phone: 208-720-0585

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