Endless Mountains Fiber Festival
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5th Annual Juried Fleece Sale
and1st Annual Fleece Show
ABOUT THE FLEECE SALE & SHOW
The Endless Mountains Fiber Festival is all about celebrating fiber animals and the marvelous things we can make with natural fibers from the following animals: alpaca, goat, llama, rabbit and, of course, different breeds of sheep. Come take a stroll through the Fleece Sale area to see the fibers that become yarn and, eventually, some of the garments we wear. If spinners find a fleece they can’t live without, they just might be able to find the shepherd, and even the fleece’s sheep, at the festival.
The goal of the Fleece Sale is to make lovely, diverse fibers from all of these animals available to fiber artists. We ask producers to “skirt” their fleeces (clean them of debris, vegetation, short-cuts from shearing and undesirable bits) and roll and bag them so you can carefully investigate them. If you are serious about purchasing a fleece but want to be certain of its quality, we will carefully unfold it to take a closer look. We try to discourage shepherds from entering fleeces that are defective but can’t promise that we catch all of these in the hectic process of registering the fleeces. Education Posters will help visitors learn about the different sheep breeds.
This year we are introducing the possibility of having the fleeces judged. Not all fleeces must be judged, but all fleeces entered must be for sale. The judging will occur after registration closes on Saturday morning but before the Fleece Sale opens. This way, the fleeces entered for judging will win ribbons, and the producers will receive the judges’ comments. Buyer beware: quality fleeces may not be entered in the Show. Look over all fleeces in the categories that fit your needs.
Accepted fleeces will be categorized as Fine, Medium or Long Wool or Double-Coated (typical of more ancient breeds) and Llama, Alpaca, Mohair or Angora classes. For judging, if ten fleeces of the same breed of sheep are entered, that breed will be a class of its own.
PRODUCERS -- TO ENTER THE FLEECE SALE and SHOW…
Please read the “Letter to Producers” below. There are a couple of changes that we hope will simplify the fleece check-in process at the festival:
ENTER THE FLEECE SALE
Complete the Farm Pre-Registration Form.
Fleece Check-In Times
Please contact Judy Leece via email with questions regarding the Fleece Sale at leecesfleeces AT yahoo DOT com.