9/21/15 - NEW this year! We have a fantastic new event called "Shepherds Talk Fiber" - a scheduled list of talks about breeds focusing on their fiber. Our presenters have been asked to provide a 5 min intro of their breed, highlighting its fiber & Breed Association information. What is the breed standard for the showcased breed, color, micron, special characteristics, historical and/or current uses?
Any special care and handling of the sheep to produce great fiber (Breeding choices, nutrition, stress, coating, controlling vegetable matter, effects of lambing or age)
15 Minute Presentation or Demo
This can be spinning and talking about various ways to spin the breed for different results, OR
Recommendations on how to have it commercially prepared (what spin or ply or weight of yarn best highlight your breed’s characteristics etc.)
Talk and/or demonstrate felting, or weaving or any other ‘best use’ for the breed’s fiber and what makes it special,
You might see them could skirt a fleece, or do just about anything they want to get you excited about their breed’s fiber (why they love it?)
5 Min Question and answer.
Show up on time to learn about breeds that would work for your new flock (hint hint), or types of fiber you may never have worked with before. Enjoy! Add the talks to your Sched so you get reminders and can plan your festival experience.

Our 2015 Schedule is evolving. Please check back to see additions and create a Sched account to start your own custom festival schedule and plan your time wisely. Share events with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter to rally them to plan the day together. Accommodations around the Hudson Valley are booking up, so if you haven’t done it, get on that ASAP. This is just the schedule - see our official website www.sheepandwool.com to volunteer and see more pics.

Featured Volunteers

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Karen Santucci

Workshop Manager / Social Media


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Hickory Hill Fiber Farm
Barn 27
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Burgis Brook Farm Alpacas

Burgis Brook Farm Alpacas

Merritt Books

Merritt Books

Regina Embler

Applewood Acres
Fleece Sale
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Cat's View Farm

Cats' View Farm
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Windy Ridge Farm

Windy Ridge Farm

Sara Goodnow

Handmade Article Competition Judge

Sara Healy

Festival Director
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Kat Howard

Book Meat Studio

Lydia Leete

2014 Fiber Contests Manager
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Victory Farm Paco-Vicuñas

Victory Farm Paco-Vicunas

Alice Seeger

Seeger Solutions Photography
artistic director, Festival Competitions Fleece-to-Shawl and Skein...

John Paul Sliva

Merchandising and Vending
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Bosworth Spindles

Bosworth Spindles

Sue Stewart

Anchorage Farm
2014 Sheep Show Manager
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1-The Festival Souvenir Tent

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival
Souvenir Tent Manager