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Month of May Sheep and Wool Festivals Around the World

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Month of May Sheep and Wool Festivals Around the World

Kari Lorenson

In the spirit of yesterday's Knotwe post about finding your local fibers community, exciting times are ahead as Sheep and Wool Festival events are kicking in to high gear around the world. For many farmers bringing product to the market or setting up a booth at these festivals can mean waiting on 1 to 2 year waiting list. There are many events and activities that take place at Sheep and Wool Festivals including fleece judging and sales, dog herding competitions and demonstrations, technical demonstrations on spinning and weaving, workshops for adults and children, educational sessions about the animals, farm practices and other important concerns of the industry.

It is an excellent opportunity to find local fiber suppliers, organizations and opportunities all gathered in one location worthy as a day trip or weekend-long adventure. Knotwe is following some Sheep and Wool Festivals taking place this May in the U.S. and we are eager to hear from you about your experiences and would love you to share photos and videos. Knotwe invites you to find your regional farmers who are the caretakers supporting these wonderful creatures and who bring such beautiful fiber bounty to our fiber happy hands.

Here is a list of Sheep and Wool Festivals and their website links for the 2014 month of May:

U.S.

May 3rd & 4th 

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Howard County Fairgrounds, MD

sheepandwool.org

May 10th & 11th 

New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival

Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH

www.nhswga.com

Michigan Alpaca Breeders Show & Fiber Fair

Oakland County Fairgrounds, Davisburg, MI

www.pebblebrookfarm.com/MI-Breeders-Show

May 17th & 18th

Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair

Hallockville Museum Farm,  Riverhead, NY

hallockville.com/fiber_fair

Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival

Masterson Station Park, Lexington, KY

kentuckysheepandfiber.com

Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival

Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, MN

shepherdsharvestfestival.org

Waynesburg Sheep and Fiber Festival
Greene County Fairgrounds, Waynesburg, PA

www.waynesburgpa.org/Events/sheep

May 23rd & 24th 

Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival

Dickson, Tennessee

www.tnfiberfestival.com

International

UK

May 22nd-24th 

Devon County Show
 Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ

www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

May 24th

Fibre Festival 2014

 Chipping Norton Town Hall, The Fibreworks Chipping Norton UK

www.thefibreworks.co.uk/events

May 31-June 28th

The Wool and Willow Festival

The Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6BY

www.woolandwillowfestival.org

IE

May 17th-May 25th

215 Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing and Handling Championships

Gorey, Co Wexford, Ireland


To our international Knotwe readers, if we have missed any month of May Sheep & Wool Festival in your area or you want to give us a heads on future events, please email and let us know at knotwestudio@gmail.com. Blog banner image taken at Breezy Hill Farm. Thank you Breezy Hill Farm for a wonderful tour of your bountiful farm.