Vt. Sheep & Wool Festival At Tunbridge Fairgrounds

Communities / Sep. 28, 2017 9:13am EDT

The 29th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival will be held the weekend of September 30 and October 1 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. The festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., rain or shine.

The mission of the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival is to showcase small farmers and handcrafters, with an emphasis on those businesses which grow and create with natural fibers.

Central to the festival is a marketplace of vendors, including farmers and artisans, offering natural fibers for hand spinning and felting, yarns, patterns, needles and hooks, buttons, books, and dyes.

Also offered will be a wide variety of equipment and supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting and other fiber arts. Handcrafted garments, accessories and household items will be available along with baskets, soaps and other handmade and farm raised products.

The Fleece Show & Sale will highlight top quality fleeces from a variety of animals. Licensed local farm producers will feature meat, cheese and more.

The Animal Barn includes sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and angora rabbits and offers an opportunity to talk directly to producers about raising fiber animals. The Cashmere Goat Association will hold its 2017 CGA North American Cashmere Goat Show in the Riverside Barns.

Classes, Too

Fiber classes take place beginning Friday, Sept. 29, at the Tunbridge Town Hall and will include spinning, felting, knitting, dyeing and more. For a full description of classes, teacher biographies and online registration, visit the show website.

This year’s contests will offer a chance to compete for ribbons and prizes in Fiber Arts categories as well as alternative categories in photography, drawing, painting and poetry. Contest rules and entry forms are available online.

Shepherd workshops and vendor demos allow vendors, farmers and fiber artists the chance to share their knowledge and skills. These talks and demos are free and offered throughout the weekend.

Music by Royalton Community Radio provides a background rhythm as visitors wander from building to building and visit outdoor demonstrations, including the popular Border Collie herding demos and sheep shearing with Jim McRae.

Food vendors will offer local food featuring lamb, pizza, soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Visit the sugarhouse operated by the Orange County Maple Producers for maple syrup, maple creemees, and more

For more information, visit www.vtsheepandwoolfest.com.

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