Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

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If you have never been to a Sheep and Wool Festival the opportunity is presenting itself this weekend, October 17th & 18th Saturday 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm in Rhinebeck, NY. It is to be held at the Dutchess City Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave.

Fiber enthusiasts and/or an animal lovers will enjoy being among like minded adults. 

Both days there will be sheepdog trials. The dogs are tested in competition on jobs they are required to do around a farm. You will see the dogs round up the sheep, sort them and move them into their pens. You don’t want to miss the Leaping Lama contest. How high can a Lama leap? 

If you have never seen sheep sheared that is an experience to behold. I am still unsure of how I feel about having watched that done. If I have that reaction…how do the sheep feel? The fleeces are for sale, if you are interested. You will learn a lot about sheep and the different types of sheep people raise. If you are a knitter or spinner, you will get to touch and ask questions about the best types of wool to use in specific projects. You will see the different lengths of sheep wool and feel the varying  degrees of softness.

Suri Alpaca

Suri Alpaca

Don’t forget to stop by and see the Alpacas. They are adorable and very soft. When feeling stressed, they make the cutest little honking sound. Their fiber spins beautifully, and they come in a variety of colors. Suri and Huacaya are the two distinct breeds.

They will have book signings (knitwear patterns), a “Make it with Wool” contest, fiber exhibits from around the world, livestock shows, etc. And last but not least vendors. For spinners there will be fibers of all types and colors to purchase. There will be spinning wheels and other equipment to buy and try. Knitters will find hand-spun and hand dyed yarn for purchase. Don’t take my word for it. If you are a fiber enthusiast, you can’t help but have a good time.

Let’s hope for nice weather and dress accordingly. Some of the vendors and viewing are outside.

For more information  http://www.sheepandwool.com/

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