Black Sheep Newsletter
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Coming Events

THE WISCONSIN SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL will be held September 7-10, 2017 at the Jefferson County Fair Park located at 503 N Jackson Ave in Jefferson, Wisconsin. This is a large event with competitive events, vendor booths, shepherd educational classes and three days of fiber arts classes.
Phone: 920-674-7148

CALIFORNIA WOOL AND FIBER FESTIVAL 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. This year’s event will be held September 15-17, 2017 from 10am-8pm at the Mendocino County Fair Grounds located at 14400 Hwy 128, Boonville, California. For more information pleas contact Nancy Finn:
Phone: 707-459-8558

THE 23RD ANNUAL FINGER LAKES FIBER FESTIVAL will be held September 16-17, 2017 at the spacious Hemlock Fairgrounds in Hemlock, New York. Join us for a fiber extravaganza! Our 2-day festival is devoted to all fiber arts with a special focus on hand spinning. A wide range of exciting fiber arts workshops is scheduled, so register early! Fleece show and sale! Demonstrations, including sheep shearing, competitions, exhibits, fiber animals and 75+ high quality vendors of equipment, books, patterns, dyes, yarn, raw and processed fiber for every purpose, and beautiful finished goods! Great food, free horse and wagon rides, and ample parking; the event is handicap accessible. The event is open Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Adults $7/day, under 12 free. For further information:
Or contact Robin at 607-522-4374

MOFGA’s 41ST Common Ground Country Fair will be held September 22-24, 2017. Please join us to celebrate rural living in Unity, Maine. Visit the Fleece Tent which showcases the best of Maine-grown wool and specialty fibers; ongoing sale all three days, 9am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, and 9am-5pm, Sunday. There will also be informal fiber talks and demonstrations. 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 40th consecutive year at the Fair!) on all three days, 10am-4pm. For more information about MOFGA and the Fair, especially for opportunities to volunteer, visit:
For Fleece Tent information, contact Penelope Olson
Phone: 207-785-2784

21ST ANNUAL OREGON FLOCK AND FIBER FESTIVAL will be held in Canby, Oregon, September 23-24, 2017. The celebrated handcraft is lace-making and the celebrated breed is the Pygora goat.

THE 29TH VERMONT SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL will be held September 30-October 1, 2017 at Tunbridge Fairgrounds in Tunbridge, Vermont. This annual event 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. For more information visit our web page

THE ANNUAL TRAILING OF THE SHEEP will be held October 4-8, 2017 in Hailey Idaho. Activities include watching 1,500 sheep head south on Ketchum’s Main St, a wool festival, championship sheep dog trials and a screening of the documentary “The Shepherdess of the Glaciers” as their featured event on Friday night. For more information:
Phone: 208-720-0585

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