Vermont is proud of its family farms and the skills that come with the land. This sentiment is on full display during the annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, scheduled for September 29-30, 2018. Whether you’re a participant, a fellow sheep farmer, knitter or other curious individual, this fest is one of highlights of fall in our area.
Held at the Fairgrounds in Tunbridge—a half hour drive from Maple Leaf Inn—the festival is famous for its quality fleeces, and is a wonderful place to head if you enjoy fiber arts and crafts. At the Festival Marketplace you can shop for beautiful fleeces for handspinning or felting, yarn, equipment, and supplies for your handiwork. The market also includes handmade items, supplies for farmers, and food items.
If you’d like to learn or hone a craft, check out the Fiber Arts Classes, which teach spinning, dyeing, knitting and crocheting, felting, and weaving. Classes will be beginning before the fest, from Thursday through Sunday, September 27-30, 2018. At the fest, there will also be a willow artist demonstrating how she weaves life-sized sheep sculptures, rug hooking demos, a cashmere coat exhibit, sheep breed exhibit, fleece show & sale, contests, and lots more. One highlight of the festival is always the sheep herding demos. Watching a boarder collie masterfully herd sheep is a joy!
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival
September 29-30, 2018
1 Fairground Lane, Tunbridge, VY
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Be sure to check the festivals website for times for the specific events.
Admission: $6/adults, $5/seniors, $1/children under 12
Whether you’re coming to attend the festival or to do a little leaf peeping in Vermont, plan to stay with us at Maple Leaf Inn. We’d love to have you!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE VERMONT SHEEP & WOOL FESTIVAL