Fleece Show & Sale

fleece contest at vermont sheep and wool festivalThe Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival is THE place to purchase top quality fleeces for handspinning or felting. Our Fleece Show & Sale invites owners of all species of fiber-producing animals to enter and/or offer fleeces for sale. It is NOT necessary to enter the show in order to offer your fleeces for sale.

We anticipate the offerings will include a variety of fiber from sheep, llamas, alpacas, goats and rabbits. Fleece Show & Sale will be held in Floral Hall. Details for entering fleeces for sale or show are available below.

This year we are proud to welcome back Jozi Best as the fleece judge. Jozi breeds award-winning Tunis sheep. She has years of experience shearing, handling and judging fiber producing animals. You can learn more about Jozi and her husband, Matt, on their website, BestAlpacaShearing.com.


Please read if you are entering fleeces in the show and/or sale:

Click the links in the boxes below to access the files for the Fleece Show & Sale Entry Cards and for the Fleece Show & Sale Summary Form.

Each fleece that is entered in the show and/or sale MUST be accompanied by TWO copies of the Entry Card.

Each person entering fleeces must fill out ONE Summary Form. 

Please follow these rules to help us ensure that we can identify the owners/sellers of fleeces.

If you have trouble opening and/or printing the forms, send us an email and we will try emailing you the forms.

Fleece Show & Sale Entry Card Fleece Show & Sale Summary Form


Fleece Show Categories


1 – Sheep – Natural colored wool

2 – Sheep – White wool

3 – Alpaca

4 – Llama– Single coat

5 – Llama – Double coat

6 – Mohair

7 – Cashmere

8 – Other (bison, yak, water buffalo, silk, angora, etc…)




1 – Fine (under approx 22 microns)

2 – Medium (approx 22 – 31 microns)

3 – Long (over approx 31 microns)

4 – Double Coated

Alpaca, Llama, Mohair, Cashmere and Other:

1 – Up to 24 months of age

2 – Over 24 months of age


Fleece Show Rules

1 – Fleeces may be entered for SHOW or SALE or BOTH

2 – Fleeces being entered into the SHOW must be mailed or delivered to the home of Mary Lake in Tunbridge by end of day, Thursday, September 28. Judging will take place on Friday, September 29, to allow us to open the show to the public as soon as the Festival opens on Saturday.

3 – Fleeces that will be entered into the sale only may be delivered to the Tunbridge Fairgrounds on Friday, September 29, from 3 to 5pm. Fleeces that are for sale only may also be delivered at any time during the festival. We encourage early delivery to have the best chance of selling your fleece!

4 – Fleece show and sale will begin at 10:00am on Saturday and will and end at 4:00pm on Sunday.

5 – All fleeces – unless sold! – must remain on display until 3:00pm on Sunday.

6 – All remaining fleeces shall be picked up between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Sunday.

7 – Any unclaimed fleeces after 4:00pm on Sunday become the property of the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival.

8 – VSWF will make every effort to display and care for the fleeces, but assumes no responsibility for damaged, lost, stolen or erroneously sold fleeces.

9 – Fleece should be rolled cut side out and placed in a large, clear plastic bag. For each fleece, fill out TWO COPIES of the  FLEECE SHOW & SALE ENTRY CARD Each entrant must also fill out a FLEECE SHOW & SALE SUMMARY FORM

10 – Entry fee for Fleece Show and/or Sale is $2 per fleece. Limit 2 entries per person per class for show fleeces only. The fee to enter a fleece in both the show and sale is $2.

11 – Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival will collect 6% Vermont Sale tax from the buyer for each fleece sold and will retain a 5% commission on the sale price. Sellers will receive payment for their sold fleeces soon after the Festival.

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Hinman award for best fleece at vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
Ribbons and prizes – donated by our vendors – will be awarded to the winning fleeces!

The David Hinman Award for best fleece is donated by the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival.

Please contact us with questions about the Fleece Show & Sale.

Fleece Show Results 2016


Sheep (White):

1 – Fine (under approx 22 microns)

1st: Sean Mallinson – Cormo Cross

2 – Medium (approx 22 – 31 microns)

1st: Ellen Read – Border Leicester/BFL

2nd: Katy Wolf – Finn

3rd: Tamara White – Shetland

3 – Long (over approx 31 microns)

1st: Elyse Perambo – Romney/BL Cross

2nd: Elyse Perambo – Romney/BL Cross

3rd: Meg Hendrick – Romney

4 – Double Coated

1st: Helen Whybrow – Icelandic

2nd: Kathy Taft Boyden – Icelandic

Sheep (Natural Color):

1 – Fine (under approx 22 microns)

1st: Betsy MacIsaac – CVM

2nd: Sean Mallinson – Cormo Cross

3rd: Wysteria Jackson – Romeldale-CVM

2 – Medium (approx 22 – 31 microns)

1st: Katy Wolf – Finn

2nd: Ellen Read – Border Leicester/BFL

3rd: Katy Wolf – Finn

3 – Long (over approx 31 microns)

1st: Elyse Perambo – Romney

2nd: Jake Jacobs – Romney

3rd: Meg Hendrick – Romney

4 – Double Coated

1st: John Holmes  – Icelandic

2nd: Kathy Taft Boyden – Icelandic

3rd: Helen Whybrow – Icelandic

Alpaca, Llama, Mohair, Cashmere and Other:

1 – Angora Goat:

1st: Jane Woodhouse – Colored Angora

2 – Angora Rabbit:

1st: Sean Mallinson – French Angora Rabbit