Our 2015 festival is right around the corner.
Be part of the fun by volunteering.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Rain or Shine 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tolland Agricultural Center Route 30, Vernon/Rockville, CT
GPS - 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT
Admission is still only $5 per car
Volunteers are Welcome
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No Dogs Allowed except permitted service dogs for the disabled
The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 and we are off to a great start for our next century. The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association as a program “to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut”, has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival. This event is a delightful agricultural and learning experience for the general public as well as shepherds and fiber enthusiasts.
Vendors: Throughout the site: featuring fiber of all types, fiber tools, dyes, finished goods, soaps, herbals, local CT cheese and a variety of other quality items produced by small farms and businesses from the North East.
Food: This year's professional concessions will be offering a variety of menus including hot dogs, chili dogs, kraut dogs, chili cheese dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sausage with onions & peppers, portobello burgers with red roasted peppers, chips, coke, diet coke, sprite, lemonade, bottled water and coffee, chicken nuggets, fries, fried dough, soft serve ice cream & sundaes.
Connecticut Sheep Breeder’s Assoc. and Blanket display and sales: : Stop and learn about the group that sponsors this festival and our CT blanket program, festival t shirts and logo items for sale, free literature and information.
The Event Tent
All day ongoing demonstrations
Society for Creative Anachronism: costumed interpreters performing traditional home crafts
Happily Hooked on Crochet: demonstrations and teaching of all things crochet
The Bobbin Lace Group: observe the intricate and traditional art of bobbin lace making
Stephanie Morton, Hand weaver: demonstrating the art of loom weaving
Spinners Corner: No sign up required! Bring your wheel or spindle and have fun! Space is limited so first come first served or just set up outside if weather permits.
Spinning Bee Competition: 1PM at a location TBA the day of Festival. Bring your wheel or drop spindle and compete in any of all of the classes for ribbons. Fiber will be provided by Twist of Fate Spinnery.
Wheel Classes: Longest Yarn, Thinnest Yarn, Craziest Yarn, and Judge's Choice
Drop Spindle Classe: Longest Yarn
“The Fiddleheads”: wandering minstrels playing traditional stringed instruments
Sheep Shearing and Fleece Skirting: Throughout the day. Volunteers who would like to help with skirting can contact email@example.com
CT Blanket Wool Quality Workshop: Time pending. Required for new participants in the CT Blanket Project. Pre-registration appreciated so we can have enough printed materials on hand. firstname.lastname@example.org
Activity Center for Children of all Ages: All day, sponsored by local 4-H groups
Connecticut Grown: Information booth
Field behind Green Barn
Herding Dog Demonstration: Times will be posted
Elliot Building Free Seminars
9:30 AM “Ask the State Vet”, Dr. Mary Jane Lis
11:00 AM “Angora Rabbit Care and Fiber”, Chris Woolybuns
12:30 PM “Healing your Animals with Natural Remedies”, Judy Apicella
2:00 PM “Getting the Most out of your Spinning Wheel: Troubleshooting Problems”, John and Jessie Hoadley
2015 Festival contacts
Event Chair: Cathy Andresen (860) 639-9196 email email@example.com
Volunteers who donate a minimum of 2 hours will receive a free parking pass. Unfortunately, due to rising costs of sponsoring the festival, we will not be able to provide food vouchers. We need people to man our CSBA logo and information booth; assist with the fleece sale; vendor relief; fleece skirting; spinners, demos; set up and clean up. If you specifically want to help with the fleece sale, contact Anne, for fleece skirting, contact Sylvia, for all other volunteers, Cathy.
Workshops, Demonstrations and Seminars
If you wish to provide a free demo of a fiber or animal husbandry topic, please contact Rick.
Anne McIntyre-Lahner (203) 458-3070 email
Vendors: Our vendor chair is Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
All available vending spaces for 2015 are full
All vendors are required to have a valid Connecticut Sales and Use Tax Certificate and to provide certificates of liability insurance.
If you are interested in getting on the waiting list for 2016 wait until after May 1 and send your business name, contact name, product summary, location, assurance of requirements and one or two pictures to Cathy. Keep in mind that very few spaces open up every year and that our focus s is wool and natural fiber products that are produced by our small farms and businesses. Priority is given to Connecticut sheep farms and then to vendors that have something different.
GPS Address: 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT
The Tolland Agricultural Center is only a few minutes off of I-84 on Route 30 in Vernon/Rockville, CT.
FROM HARTFORD: Take I-84 East to Exit 67. At the bottom of the ramp turn left on to Rte. 31. Go a short distance to the junction with Rte 30. Turn right on to Rte 30 East and TAC will be 1/8 mile on your right.
FROM BOSTON: Take I-84 West to Exit 67. At the bottom of the ramp turn right on to Rte. 31. Go a short distance to the junction with Rte. 30. Turn right on to Rte 30 East and TAC will be 1/8 mile on your right.