Inside Barn 3 is full and Barn 4 has only a 10×10 spot remaining. There are outside spots still available. Vendors can also apply and pick waitlist in either barn 3 or 4.
Vendor Application: http://njsheep.net/festival/vendor-application/
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.
|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)|
|Romney, White (no show 2018)||Romney, Natural Colored (no show 2018)||Shetland|
|Wool-Fine & Medium||Wool-Long|
Contact North Country Spinners.
Page Updated: 26-Sep-2018
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).
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/
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)
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
We just received notice that rabies shots will be required for animals participating in the sheep shows or being exhibited at this year’s Festival.
Vendors are signing up at a quick pace! See the Vendor List page to see which vendors have already signed up for this year’s Festival.