21st Annual Sheep &
Sep. 12-13, 2015
Thanks to all for the great
20th Annual Sheep and Fiber Festival!
Next year's Festival will be held September
12-13, 2015 at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds.
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. (NAASA)
Annual Meeting. Come join us for a day in the country!
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.
Join our Yahoo group, or catch up with us on Facebook.
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
Vendor Application Forms
General Fleece Sale
At the 2014 Festival 109 Fleeces were Judged,
and an Additional
37 were offered for sale!
in all, of which 51 were sold (not all were for sale).
The largest fleece show/sale in NJ!
Next General Meeting:
June 11th (Thursday) at 7:00pm at
the Hunterdon County Extension Center located at 314 Rt.
12, Bld. 2, Flemington, NJ. Bob Mickel will discuss
pasture management and soil sample kits will be available
General meetings in 2015 will be held at the same location
on these dates:
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:
Sep. 22, 2014
April 23, 2015 Meeting
at the home of Eunice Bench
105 Lilac Drive,
Annandale, NJ 08801
Festival Meeting Minutes
2015 Festival Flyers:
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!
Annual Washington County NY Fiber Tour,The Natural Home for Diversified Farms
(April 25-26, 2015 10AM-4PM)
Enjoy an early spring weekend at one of the longest running
on-farm Fiber Tours in the United States: Sheep, alpacas,
cashmere and Angora goats, Angora rabbits. 15 farms
raise excellent quality animals on diverse types of farms,
for beginning or experienced farmers to visit... Visit the
fiber mill. Attend demons and workshops. Learn to raise the
animals and use the fiber. See the results of our year round
efforts – from baby animals and soft shorn fleeces to
luxurious yarn and hand-crafted clothing, even cuts of lamb.
Reserve lunch at Dancing Ewe, and lovely village
restaurants. All this – and a lovely springtime weekend on
the farms. For more info:
, Mary Pratt,
Sheep Shearing School May 5-6, 2015 5–9PM, Delaware Valley College
Penn State Extension and the Bucks-Montgomery Sheep & Wool Growers Association will be holding a sheep shearing school. This is an opportunity for any sheep producer/4-H sheep member interested in learning to shear. The shearing school will be held: May 5 and 6, 2015 5:00 – 9:00 PM at Delaware Valley College, 471 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. 2012 Summary and contact info can be found here: http://extension.psu.edu/bu…/news/2012/sheep-shearing-school
(2015 info not posted).
Open House With Sheep Shearing, Local Vendors & Food:
at Tullamore Farms Sunday April 26 10-3PM,
1998 Daniel Bray Highway, Stockton
Several members are participating.
Volunteers needed to take on running all/any events for the
2015 Festival. Let
know if you are interested.
2013 Festival Competition Results
2012 Festival Competition Results
2014 Festival Photos Also Posted to
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
Board of Directors
Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box 914
Flemington, NJ 08822-0914
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