Thursday, February 6, 2014

Florida Sheep and Wool Festival 2014

I found out yesterday that I am officially going to be vending at the Florida Sheep and Wool Festival in April :)

I have been in contact with the coordinator Doug for a few months now and finally got my paperwork in the mail yesterday... but he went ahead and marked me as being a vendor this year...

The festival is April 25th, 26th, and 27th... with tons to do!!!

Here is the web page if you want to see all the amazing things that will be going on that weekend:

Some of the activities include knitting, crocheting, spinning, and so much more... It is mainly based around the 4-H and FFA members... which I personally think is wonderful.

I remember showing pigs and rabbits in FFA growing up and wish that every child/teen had that experience.

They do spinning "competitions" among the kids, categorized by age... also fleece judging contests... It is just going to be a good time for all.

Here is what Doug from the Florida Meat Sheep Aliance wrote on Facebook last night:

"The Florida Sheep, Wool, and Herding Dog Festival is only 3 months away. We have some great workshops scheduled for the event. This Open Show event is sure to draw people from all over the Southeast. Especially since we have had some crazy weather. 

Some of the workshops include: Club Lambs and Sheep Showmanship Workshop with Steve Edwards; Dog Herding Workshop and Trials, FAMACHA Certification; Beginning Shepherding - Common Health Problems and How to Treat, Hoof Trimming, Feeding; Protecting Your Sheep - Predator Information, Fencing - Electric & Traditional; Breeding & Market Lamb Selection - Conformation, Size, Thriveability; Lambing 101 Video and Discussion - Weaning, Drying up ewes/hard udder, docking, castration, orphan lambs; and many more. 

We have some great vendors coming this year. Sparr Building and Farm Supply, Rudd's Show Supply, Moore Honey, Caney Branch Farm with Iceland Sheep/Wool. EwePhoricFibers, Shady Hill Rug Hooking, Twin Mommy Creations, and “The Woolery”.

The 1912 Restored Sheep Wagon will be on display as well. FreshFromFlorida Lamb will be available as well as cooked lamb meals/dinners.

Join the fun with the “Lamb Jam” cook-off event. Sheep shows and Dog Herding Trials as well as Blue Grass Music, and other events.

Camping is only $30.00/night and there are several hotels in the Ocala Area.

Tell all your friends. Workshop Registration opens February 10, 2014."

Over the next few months, I will be posting about the progress and creations that will be brought along to the festival... if you plan on attending and have something you want to see... PLEASE let me know :)

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