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21st Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival
Sep. 12-13, 2015

Thanks to all for another great Festival!  Info on next year's Festival will be posted by the end of the year.  Many activities are planned: Sheep shows, shearing demos, Border Collie herding demos, fleece show/sale.  We plan to host a National Gotland Show, a Navajo Churro Show as well as the 5th Northeast Regional Jacob Sheep Show!  Additionally there will be a North American Shetland Sheep Assoc.  (NASSA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and sheep show. Come join us for a day in the country!

We Will Be Hosting a National Gotland Show, a Navajo Churro Show, a Shetland Show as well as the 5th Northeast Regional Jacob Breed Show!

General Festival Information:

Directions: Printable PDF, Google Maps, Mapquest
 2015 Event Schedule
2015 Festival Vendors
2015 NASSA AGM Flyer (including workshop info)

Cooking demo and book signing 11:30 Saturday (Grange Bldg.) by Ian Knauer, author and PBS Show creator/star of "The Farm".

2015 Festival Brochure (Trifold)

The Garden State Sheep Breeders is a non-profit, educational organization promoting sheep and wool products in New Jersey. We regularly hold educational and business meetings, sponsor awards at events where sheep and wool products are featured, and host an annual sheep and fiber festival.
Catch up with us on Facebook.

2015 Festival Applications and Entry Forms:

Contest Rules and Entry Forms

Shepherd's Lead Contest pays premiums AND ribbons for the fiber source as well as for the contestant!!

Vendor Application Forms

General Fleece Sale
At the 2014 Festival 109 Fleeces were Judged,
and an Additional 37 were offered for sale!
109 Fleeces in all, of which 51 were sold (not all were for sale). 
The largest fleece show/sale in NJ!

Next General Meeting:

Nov. 12th (Thursday) at 7:00pm at the Hunterdon County Extension Center located at 314 Rt. 12, Bld. 2, Flemington, NJ. 

Please mark your calendars to attend. Some months are open so we can hold field trips.
  Map & Directions (via Google Maps)

Draft Minutes from March 2015 Meeting

Next Festival Meeting:

Oct. 1, 2015 7PM
at the home of Eunice Bench
Annandale NJ
Please RSVP to or

Sep. 22, 2014 Meeting Minutes (2015 Festival)
2014 Festival Meeting Minutes

Festival Flyers:

Two Page (pdf)

Page 1 (pdf)
Page 2 (pdf)
Four per Page Mini
Shepherd's Lead Contest


Volunteers Are Always Needed!

We're always looking for volunteers to help us make
the Festival even better.  Please consider volunteering.



Hot Off the Press!

The 2015 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium is scheduled for Oct 2nd through 4th at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  See their web site for details.  Contacts: Cornell University Sheep and Goat Program: Dr. Michael Thonney, 607-592-5891, or Administrative Assistant, Barbara Jones, 607-255-7712


 Festival Activities:
Volunteers needed to take on running all/any events for the 2016 Festival.   Let Eunice know if you are interested.

2015 Contest Results
(Sheep Shows only so far).

2014 Contest Results
(except Sheep Shows - contact Kevin Melvin for those results.)

2013 Festival Competition Results

2012 Festival Competition Results


2015 Festival Photos Posted to Facebook


Most of our members have small flocks and are hobby farmers. Many sell breeding stock, wool products, and handmade craft items. Membership dues:

$5/year Assoc. Member (ages 10-18)
$15/year Single Member
$20/year Family Membership.
See the membership form for more information.   Membership runs Sept. to Sept. (change from Jan. as of 2014).

Contact Information

Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box 211
Annandale, NJ 08801


Board of Directors

President Eunice Bench (2015-2015)
Vice President Sue Posbergh  (2014-2015)
Secretary Kevin Melvin  (2014-2015)
Treasurer Reni Melvin  (2014-2015)
Trustee Judi Lehrhaupt (2015-2017)
Trustee Andrea Holladay (2013-2015)
Trustee Shelley Nussbaum  (2014-2015)
Trustee Jennifer Elgrim (2014-2016)
Trustee Royal Unzicker (2014-2016)

Business Address:
Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box 914
Flemington, NJ 08822-0914

 By Laws

Incorporation Document


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