Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event Fall 2017

 

Join us for the 29th Annual

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

September 30 & October 1, 2017

 

Animal Barn

Sheep  –   Goats  –   Alpacas  –   Llamas  –  Rabbits.  In addition to live fiber-producing animals, the Animal Barn at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival includes vendors offering all your favorite fibers and yarn along with equipment and supplies.

Festival Vendors

The Festival Marketplace features over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, handspinning and fibercrafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items, small ruminant equipment and supplies, fencing materials and local meat and cheese.

Shepherd Workshops

The Festival’s Shepherd Workshops are designed to educate owners – and future owners – of small ruminants. These talks are free and no registration is necessary.

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 at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival.

Fiber Arts Classes

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 Fiber Arts Classes or instructors.

Not-Just-Fiber-Arts Contests

Many thanks to the folks from Green Mountain Spinnery for organizing the Fiber Arts Contests for the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival.

Fleece Show & Sale

The Festival’s annual Fleece Show and Sale offers high quality fleeces for handspinners, felters and other crafters. Come early for best selection!

Vendor Demos

A number of our Marketplace Vendors have volunteered to showcase their talents, crafting abilities and/or fiber products for these brief free demos. In addition to the scheduled demos, many vendors will be demonstrating in their booths.

Cashmere Goat Exhibit and Show

We are pleased to feature the Cashmere Goat Association and their annual show at the  Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. The cashmere exhibit is located in the Riverside Barns on the far end of the Festival grounds.

Floral Hall Activities

We welcome and thank the many talented fiber artists and groups who will be demonstrating their crafts in Floral Hall through the weekend. Some of the demos are hands-on opportunities for you to try a new craft. Please visit Floral Hall and enjoy!

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 from Six Loose Ladies and friends.

Spend some time with our volunteer knitters and sample yarns from our vendors at the Knit Along.

The Vermont Weavers Guild will be joining us again for a Weaving Demonstration.

Rug Hooking will be demonstrated by the Sharon Rug Hookers.

Ruth Preavey will demonstrate Rug Braiding on Saturday.

We introduced our Yarn & Fiber Tasting in 2014 as a way to showcase yarns and spinning fibers from many of our vendors.

The Not-Just-Fiber-Arts Contest will be judged Saturday morning and exhibited at Floral Hall beginning at around noon on Saturday.

The Fleece Show & Sale will be open as soon as judging is completed on Saturday.

Sheep Herding & Shearing

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.

Food Vendors

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 contact us.  If you are a food vendor, click here to find the application to vend at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival.

Music

Festival music will be provided by Royalton Community Radio.

On-site Camping

Camping is available to vendors for both Friday and Saturday night. Camping is available to the public on Saturday night only. Click here to download the camping application.