Sheep – Goats – Alpacas – Llamas – Rabbits. The Animal Barn also includes vendors offering all your favorite fibers and yarn along with equipment and supplies.
Over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, handspinning and fibercrafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items, small ruminant equipment and supplies, fencing materials, meat and cheese.
Our workshops are designed to educate owners – and future owners – of small ruminants. These talks are free and no registration is necessary.
This year we are proud to present Sheep & Goat Parasite Workshop – Integrated Parasite Control & FAMACHA Training with Dr Katherine Petersson, Animal Scientist, University of Rhode Island. This workshop will be held on Sunday from noon to 4pm. Pre-registration is encouraged. Click here for a PDF explaining the workshop and registration.
We’d love to hear from you with suggestions for future workshops or if you have the knowledge and skills to teach a Shepherd Workshop.
Class options include a variety of full and half day sessions featuring fiber arts such as spinning, dyeing, knitting, crocheting, needle felting and weaving. Register for a class and receive a free pass to the Festival!
Please drop us an email with suggestions for future Fiberarts Classes or instructors.
New and fun for 2015 – a great selection of contest categories!
The show and sale will be held in Floral Hall this year. We expect contest judging to be finished by around noon on Saturday when the winning fleeces will be on exhibit and the sale will open to the public. Come by early for the best selection.
A number of our Marketplace Vendors have volunteered to showcase their talents, crafting abilities and/or fiber products for these brief free demos. Vendor demos will be held in the Vendor Pavilion. Locations and times of all demos and workshops are listed on our Schedule of Events and will be posted at the Festival. In addition, many vendors will be demonstrating in their booths.
We are pleased to welcome back the Cashmere Goat Association to the Festival. The cashmere exhibit will be located in the Riverside Barns on the far end of the Festival grounds. Click here to view the CGA schedule of events for the weekend.
Other Activities & Events
Don’t forget to visit Floral Hall! Stop by the ever popular Drop In & Spin and try your hand on one of the spinning wheels under the tutelage of our volunteer spinners.
Spend some time with Fiber Arts Barnard and sample yarns from our vendors at the Knit Along.
We introduced our Yarn & Fiber Tasting last year as a way to showcase yarns and spinning fibers from many of our vendors. Yarns, along with needles and hooks, are provided for you to sample and enjoy. Spinning fibers will be located with the Drop in & Spin to allow for sampling. Yarn samples will be located with the Knit Along.
All our contests – fleece, handspun yarn and handicrafts – will be judged and exhibited at Floral Hall beginning at around noon on Saturday.
This year there will be a Book Signing by Vermont artist and author, John Churchman. He will be signing and selling copies of his recently published book, “Sweet Pea and Friends, the SheepOver”, a story about a lamb who lives on a farm in Vermont. Visit their facebook page to learn more about Sweet Pea and Friends. You will find the Book Signing among the outside vendors between the Animal barn and the Vendor Pavilion. In case of rain, the book signing will be moved to the Dodge Gilman Building.
Our Sheep Herding Demonstrations are always popular. Located between the Dodge Gilman Building and the Food Vendors, demos will include sheep herding and sheep shearing.
The Festival is making a special effort to recruit new and different vendors of fresh, delicious and local foods. If you are a food vendor or can suggest a vendor, please email us. If you are a food vendor, click here for an application to vend at the Festival.
Festival music will be provided by Royalton Community Radio.