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21st Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival
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!

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

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 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:

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 for $20.

General meetings in 2015 will be held at the same location on these dates:

November 12th

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:

April 23, 2015 Meeting
 at the home of Eunice Bench
105 Lilac Drive, Annandale, NJ 08801
(908) 730-7189
Please RSVP

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

2015 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!

3rd 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,, 518-744-3947.

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:…/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 NJ,  details.  Several members are participating.

Festival Activities:
Volunteers needed to take on running all/any events for the 2015 Festival.   Let Eunice know if you are interested.

2013 Festival Competition Results

2012 Festival Competition Results


2014 Festival Photos Also 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

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Incorporation Document


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