Herdsmen, fiber artists flock to weekend festival

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CSI Media staff | September 4, 2014

Spend the weekend at the Sheep and Wool Festival as Wisconsin producers celebrate the multipurpose wool- and fiber-bearing animals, as well as the renewable products they provide for us. The festival will run Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7 at Jefferson County Fair Park.

There will be more than 70 fiber arts classes to choose from, along with sheep shows, shearing demonstrations, the Crook & Whistle stock dog trial, newborn lambs, fleece shows and sales and educational clinics and workshops for shepherds of any age and level of experience.

Shop at the Country Store, where more than 130 vendors from across the nation offer everything from knitting needles to sheep cheese.

New this year is a walk and knit relay challenge. Sign up as a team of four or as an individual to be placed on a team.

A sheep costume class is open to any individual or family interested in sheep. The object is to promote lamb and wool and the exhibit is to be judged on the attractiveness and originality of the costume and theme or idea presented by both competitor and sheep. This class is open to all exhibitors 6 months to 100 years of age.

A specialty sheep show also is on this year's schedule. The Teeswater originated in the United Kingdom and is a large, long wool breed with unique facial markings and long, soft, purled locks. The Teeswater has been bred for almost 200 years and is currently considered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as vulnerable. Visitors to the festival sheep barns will have the opportunity to see Teeswaters as breeders from across the country exhibit in this specialty show.

For complete details and hours, go to www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com.

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