Fleece Show and Sale Registration is Open for 2019

Contest rules, highlights of changes for 2019 and the online registration form are now available!!!

New for 2019:

  • Registration for the Fleece Show & Sale will take place online only. Details and a link to the form are on the Fleece Contest page.   
  • Fleece check-in for the Show and Sale will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 4 and 5, 2019, between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
  • By popular demand, the Show and Sale will open earlier this year – Saturday at 9:00 a.m.!
  • We will be accepting credit cards this year, in addition to cash and checks, for all fleece sales.
  • There will be a 5% commission on all sales to help defray processing costs. We thank you for your understanding.

Pics from the 2018 Festival

The 24th annual Sheep & Fiber Festival was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds in Ringoes.

The festival was presented by the Garden State Sheep Breeders, a non-profit, educational group promoting sheep and wool products in New Jersey.

This year they added two breeds: the Scottish blackface and Valais blacknose, a new breed to the United States, on display courtesy of Stone Manor Farm.

Source and to see the Photo Gallery:



2018 Contest Results

Breed Display

1st Place Cheviot, American Miniature The Shepherd’s Croft – Toni Keller
2nd Place Scottish Blackface Stone Manor Farm (Kevin & Reni Melvin)/ Swayze Inn Farm (Bob & Diane May)
3rd Place Romeldale/ CVM Swayze Inn Farm (Bob & Diane May)


Fleece Show

Sheep Shows

Babydoll Classics Commercial Grade
 Hampshire Jacob Meat (Open)
Romney, White (no show 2018) Romney, Natural Colored (no show 2018) Shetland
 Wool-Fine & Medium Wool-Long

Shepherd’s Lead

Skein Contest

Contact North Country Spinners.


Page Updated:  26-Sep-2018

Final Festival Brochure Available

It’s gone to the printers so Festival time is almost here!  You can get a jump start by viewing or printing the brochure from the website.  Paper copies will be handed out at the gate and will also be available at the Info. Booth in Barn 1 (W Center).



Chef Ian Knauer Will Hold Cooking Demos at The Festival

Once again we’re lucky to have Chef Ian Knauer giving cooking demos at the Festival.  He starts cooking at 10AM on Sunday in the Ramsburg Building.  You can learn more about him and browse recipes on his website: http://ianknauer.com/



Breed Display Exhibitors Finalized with 2 New Breeds

This year we will have 2 breeds that haven’t been displayed at our Festival in prior years: Scottish Blackface and Valais Blacknose!

The Valais Blacknose is new to the US and the sheep on display (courtesy of Stone Manor Farm) is the 1st in NJ!  Freddie is an F1 wether (50% Scottish Blackface, 50% Valais Blacknose) born this year and part of the Breed Up program in the US.  Scottish Blackface sheep are first preference for use in the program as they were one of the breeds used originally to develop the Valais Blacknose (Leister Longwool and Lincoln are 2nd and 3rd preference breeds for the program).   Since animals can’t be imported to the US, semen from Blacknose sheep in other countries (Europe) is used on US Scottish Blackface ewes to produce a  hybrid.  After 5 generations the resulting sheep are 97% Valais Blacknose.

F1 (50% Valais)
F2 (75% Valais)
F3 (88% Valais)
F4 (94% Valais)
F5 (97% Valais)


Valais Blacknose Sheep Introduced in North America 



Got Fleece?


Hey local fiber farmers, let’s make this year’s GSS&F Fleece Show the best ever! Bring your skirted fleeces for either the Show or the Sale, or both. New to fiber farming? Enter your fleeces for the Show to receive helpful insights and feedback from our Fleece Judge or attend the Fleece Skirting Class. Register online at www.njsheep.net/festival/contests/fleece