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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.)
OR
Talk and/or demonstrate felting, or weaving or any other ‘best use’ for the breed’s fiber and what makes it special,
OR
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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Tips and Tricks for Making Vendor Picks

  • Use the Search Window to find specific products by name or type. 
    Search for "New in 2015" or "FOOD" and you'll find those words in the Vendor Titles and/or Descriptions. Success depends also on how clever the vendors are in their keywords added in their descriptions...
  • "Self-raised" is our keyword to describe vendors who raise their own fiber from their own animals, so you can easily find the family farms. 
  • "Complete Farm Product" means the fiber was raised, spun and made into whatever product, all without leaving the farm. Is your vendor listing missing from this list? Contact us.
  • ALSO, try this unpublished link to see an alpha list of Vendors with Descriptions on same page. Easier to print and CTRL-F to Find keywords. Note it's paginated, so scroll to the bottom to see more.
    http://2015nysheepandwoolfestival.sched.org/directory/exhibitors/descriptions
  • Data is updated frequently. We will tweet an announcement when we're finished updating Vendor listings, or adding new schedule items.

MAP (this map will get some edits in October.) And do read the main website and watch our tweets for news.