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Coming Events


HIGH DESERT WOOL GROWERS 20TH Annual Fiber Market Day will be held Saturday March 25, 2017 from 9:30am-4pm at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville, Oregon. Event includes demonstrations and vendor sales from fiber animal producers, spinners, weavers, dyers, knitters, crocheters, rug hookers and felters. For more information:

THE 38TH ANNUAL SHEPHERDS' EXTRAVAGANZA will be held April 20-23, 2017 as part of the Spring Fair at the Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, Washington. There will be top quality sheep and fleeces for sale, a fiber arts show, sheep shearing, fiber craft demonstrations and classes, used equipment sale, and craft vendors. For more information:
                Lin Schwider at 425-432-3455 or

THE 44TH MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL will be held May 6-7, 2017 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. For more information:
                Gwen Handler, Chairman at

2017 BLACK SHEEP GATHERING will be held June 23-25, 2017 in Eugene, Oregon. This year the North American Shetland Sheepbreeders’ Association National Show and the American Teeswater Sheep Association Regional Show will be a part of the event. Look for the show catalog in the winter issue of the Black Sheep Newsletter.

THE MICHIGAN FIBER FESTIVAL is one of Michigan’s largest fiber festivals and is held in beautiful Western Michigan at the Allegan County Fair Grounds. The Michigan Fiber Festival is a fiber arts celebration that promotes the interests of individuals and businesses related to natural fibers. This year’s Festival workshops begin on Wednesday, August 16th with four full days of classes covering all things fiber related including fiber producing animals and their management and care. The Festival begins on Saturday, August 19th and runs through 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 20th.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Festival and promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 100 vendors displaying. There are fiber animal shows, a fleece competition, handspun yarn competition and a fiber art show. There will also be food booths and musical entertainment. There are on-going demonstrations throughout the Festival on shearing, herding dogs, spinning and weaving. The Festival is a family friendly event with many “make and take” activities for the children. There are camping sites available and plenty of parking. Look for any and all of the additional information you need to make your plans to visit the Michigan Fiber Festival on our web site at

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 and is handicap accessible. Adults $7/day, under 12 free. For further information, go to our website:
                Or contact Robin at 607-522-4374

21ST ANNUAL OREGON FLOCK AND FIBER FESTIVAL will be held 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:

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