2017 Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Vendor Opportunities for the 2018 Festival
Vendor spaces are full for 2017. If you are interested in becoming a vendor for 2018 please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Include your business or farm name, location, product line, and a couple of pictures. We will also need assurance of your ability to provide a CT Sales and Use certificate and liability insurance.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!
Be Part of Our 2017 CT Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival!
Announcing our 8th Annual Contest for Design of the LOGO of the 2017 CSBA Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival!
The logo will be used on our T-Shirts, advertisements and other festival related material
1. Open to all—winner receives $150.00.
2. All artwork must be original.
3. Logo must include the year 2017, 108th Annual and Connecticut Sheep Breeder’s Association, Inc. and can have no more than 4 colors (3 preferable).
4. All artwork becomes the property of the Connecticut Sheep Breeder’s Association, Inc.
5. Entry Deadline: Postmark and email ---March 15, 2017.
6. Submit entry form & hard copy/electronic e-mail to: Lara Sullivan, 74 Great Hillwood Rd—Moodus, CT 06469 email@example.com
DIGITAL FILES: File format of choice is a generic eps file that can be opened and resized at any size and resolution. Acceptable exported files include eps, gif or bmp, so long as these exported files are provided at the full size of the intended reproduction at high resolution (a minimum 300 dpi), with the design spot-color separated with no trapping or overprinting. Acceptable graphic program formats include files by Photoshop or Illustrator. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Paint program files are not acceptable digital files and cannot be used. To output properly, any and all attachments must be included with the native file, and all fonts converted to outlines.
Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival 2016!
Another festival has come and gone; one of the best ever!
The weather was absolutely perfect which certainly contributed to RECORD attendance!
Highlights included the fleece sale; good food including some lamb dishes; music by the Fiddleheads; festival T shirts; sheep shearing and skirting; working herding dogs; weaving, spinning, crochet, bobbin lace making and a whole range of home crafts by the Society for Creative Anachronism; hands on activities and information in the 4-H kids korner and many informal demonstrations by our vendors at their sales booths. Our vendors, the majority of which are small farms and businesses from the Northeast, offered all things fiber, maple products, beads, spinning equipment, soap, herbals, buttons and many other items.
The festival is staffed totally by volunteers, some are on the board of the CSBA and many are members or friends who donate their time, effort and expertise to make this event possible!
We want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed or attended and especially our outgoing Chair, Cathy Andresen, who also was the Vendor chair and held several other jobs as well.
Pictures provided by Winter Caplanson, CT Food and Farm.
Please check our festival area soon for information on the 2017 festival; we have new event and vendor chair people so contacts will be updated but our festival will be the last Saturday in April and we are looking to make it better than ever! Never too soon to volunteer or start on your design for our festival T shirt.
Here is the information from our 2016 Festival for Reference
Route 30, Vernon/Rockville, CT
GPS - 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT
No GPS or cell phone mapping app? See bottom of page for written directions
Scroll down for specific contact information
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: Professional concessionaires will be offering a variety of food: lamb stew, kabobs and burgers, 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.
“The Fiddleheads”: wandering minstrels playing traditional stringed instruments
Spinning Bee Competition: 1PM in the event tent. Bring your wheel or drop spindle and compete in any or all of the classes for ribbons and prizes.
Wheel Classes: Longest Yarn, Thinnest Yarn, Craziest Yarn, and Judge's Choice
Drop Spindle Class: Longest Yarn
All day ongoing demonstrations & vendors
Connecticut Sheep Breeder’s Assoc. and Blanket: 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.
Spinning Workshop: Terri Gurette and the Nutmeg Spinners; stop in try a wheel or spindle and get a quick lesson to get started.
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! 9 – 12 AM; Bring your wheel or spindle and have fun! Space is limited so first come first served or just set up outside if weather permits.
All day ongoing demonstrations & vendors
Sheep Shearing and Fleece Skirting: Throughout the day. Volunteers who would like to help with skirting can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CT Blanket Wool Quality Workshop: 12:30 PM, Required for new participants in the CT Blanket Project. Open to all who wish to learn to skirt and prepare fleece. Pre-registration appreciated so we can have enough printed materials on hand. email@example.com
Activity Center for Children of all Ages: All day, sponsored by local 4-H groups
All day ongoing demonstrations & vendors
Connecticut Grown: Information booth
All day ongoing vendors
Ring behind Red Barn
Herding Dog Demonstration: 11 and 2, Sylvia Murray
10:00 AM “Ask the State Vet”, Dr. Mary Jane Lis
11:00 AM “How to Treat Digestive Issues and Cancer with Herbs, Oils and Nutrition”, Herbalist Judy Apicella
2016 Festival contacts
Anne McIntyre-Lahner (203) 458-3070
All available vending spaces for 2017 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 becoming a vendor for 2018 please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Include your business or farm name, location, product line, and a couple of pictures. Keep in mind that very few spaces open up every year and that 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.
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.