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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.
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Saturday, October 17 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Drop Spindle Spinning Contest

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CLASS 043,  LOT F43
Location:  Bldg. E
Saturday, October 18, 2014     2:30pm

Deadline to Enter: 15 minutes before contest starts

PRIZE MONEY: (Awarded in both youth and adult divisions. Youth = 19 yrs and under, Adult 20 yrs old and older)

$15.00 - First Place
$12.00 - Second Place
$10.00 - Third Place
$8.00 - Fourth Place
$6.00 - Fifth Place


  1.  Contestants must bring their own hand Drop Spindles.

  2. A set weight of prepared roving will be provided.

  3. Spinners will spin for 15 minutes.

  4. When time is up, the spun yarn will be skeined, measured and judged.

  5. Judge’s decision is final.

  6. Adult and youth winners will be awarded on number of YARDS SPUN.

  7. Completion of roving before time is up will add one point per minute to the score.

  8. Breakage will result in a subtraction of one point per break.

  9. No entry fee.

Entries close at the start of the competition.

Saturday October 17, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Bldg E 41.936065, -73.907703

Attendees (7)