It's never too early to volunteer to help at the
106th Annual Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
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
Planning for the 2015 festival is ongoing and we need committee members, volunteers and folks that would like to participate in programming.
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 by providing exhibits, demonstrations and over 60 vendors from the sheep, wool and fiber arena, with many of them from Connecticut. This event is a delightful agricultural and learning experience for the general public as well as shepherds and fiber enthusiasts. Exhibits and activities include: sheep exhibits, shearing demonstrations; vendors, fleece sale, educational lectures; wool skirting, sheep dog demonstrations, fleece to shawl contest, kids' corner, knitting instruction, food, vendors, festival logo shirts, music, vendors and fun.
2015 Festival contacts
Contact the appropriate person below for information or to participate.
Event Chair: Vendors: Volunteers
Cathy Andresen (860) 639-9196 email
Workshops, Demonstrations and Seminars
Rick Trojanoski (860) 759-9334 email
Anne McIntyre-Lahner (203) 458-3070 email
Vendors: Our vendor chair is Cathy at email@example.com
All vendors are required to have a valid Connecticut Sales and Use Tax Certificate and to provide certificates of liability insurance.
Returning vendors have until January 1 to renew their contracts. Once those are in; we will know what will be available; normally only a handful of spaces open up per year. Our focus 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. If you are interested in getting on the waiting list; send your business name, location, contact information, assurance of requirements and some pictures of your product and set up to Cathy at the listed email.
Volunteers: The success of our festival is dependent on our volunteers. We need people to man our CSBA logo and information booth; assist with the fleece sale; vendor relief; fleece skirting; provide demos; help set up and clean up. Contact Cathy or any of the folks listed above.
Demonstrations: We need people that can volunteer to demonstrate a fiber technique or art or a sheep related husbandry topic. If you have ideas or can provide a demo, please contact our program chair, Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org
UCONN Cooperative System
The Connecticut Cooperative Extension System is a statewide, informal education system within the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Cooperative Extension educational programs and problem-solving assistance are based on the research of land-grant universities such as the University of Connecticut.
Cooperative Extension programs are delivered throughout Connecticut in one-on-one sessions, workshops, short courses, and demonstrations, and via satellite teleconference, print publications, videotapes, radio, newspaper, periodicals and the Internet. Educational programs and materials cover a wide range of subjects, with emphasis on animal health and agriculture, family, community, 4-H Youth development, food, nutrition, food safety, natural resources, land use, environment, plant agriculture, horticulture, and gardening.
Connecticut Cooperative Extension employees are located at the main campus in Storrs and in eight county Extension Centers. These eight centers are located in Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, and Windham County.
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.
On site parking fee of $5.00 per car.
No Dogs Allowed On Grounds except permitted service dogs for the disabled & Demonstration Dogs in designated area only.