Thanks to all for another successful
Festival!!!! Mother nature gave us spectacular weather too.
20th Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival will take place on September
6-7, 2014 at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds. Many activities are planned: Sheep shows, shearing, Border Collie herding demos, fleece show/sale.
We plan to host a Regional Lincoln Show as well as the 4th Northeast Regional Jacob Sheep Show!
Come join us for a day in the country!
The Garden State Sheep Breeders is a non-profit, educational
organization promoting sheep and wool products in New Jersey.
We regularly hold educational and business meetings, sponsor
awards at events where sheep and wool products are featured,
and host an annual sheep and fiber festival.
Join our Yahoo group, or catch up with us on Facebook.
Festival Applications and Entry Forms:
Contest Rules and Entry Forms
Shepherd's Lead Contest
pays premiums AND ribbons for the fiber source as
well as for the contestant!! Contestants need to pre-register
by 6 PM Sep. 5.
Vendor & Advertiser Application Forms
NOTE: August 15th Deadline
General Fleece Sale
At the 2012 Festival 69 Fleeces were Judged,
and an Additional 42 were offered for sale!
in all, of which 50 were sold (not all were for sale).
The largest fleece show/sale in NJ!
Friday Dec. 6, 2013 at the home of
Eunice and Ted Bench
Mark Your Calendars!
Next General Meeting:
in Barn 1
"Spinning for a Cause" What
is it? A spinning marathon to raise funds to further
awareness and research concerning Ovarian Cancer.
In addition to donations, other ways for people to
participate are: purchasing handspun yarn, patterns, and an
opportunity to knit or crochet with yarn that will be
available (knitting needles and crochet hooks will be
provided) to create lap quilts, scarves (people can
knit/crochet as much or little as they like for some of
these projects) that will then be donated to people that are
being treated for cancer. Please join Lisa Kugler in
Volunteers Are Always Needed!
We're always looking for volunteers to
help us make
the Festival even better. Please consider volunteering.
Hot Off the Press!
We are planning a cookbook for our 20th Anniversary.
Please submit recipes at the
Fundcraft site (Fundcraft WebID=202-14rm) no password
needed, click ShortCut Online. Any questions, please contact
Eunice Bench (908) 730-7189.
We would like to offer workshops at the 2014 Festival on Friday
Sept. 5th. We need a committee to make it happen. Please volunteer now! Let
Eunice or Andrea know if you are interested. The committee would look into all aspects of providing workshops (Festival Committe has ideas they can provide) including locating workshop leaders, logistics, pricing, advertising. We need a go/no go decision on this in the early Spring.
Recently, USDA found two scrapie infected
flocks in Ohio that sold Suffolk, Hampshire, and Suffok-Hamp
cross sheep to many states. All the sheep sold are yet to
be located. If you have sheep from flocks OH2021 or OH2022
please contact Dr. Leslie Bulaga ASAP.
can be found in her letter to the membership.
2012 Festival Competition Results
2013 Festival Photos
Most of our members have small flocks and are hobby farmers. Many sell breeding stock, wool products, and handmade craft items. Membership dues:
$5/year Assoc. Member (ages 10-18)
$15/year Single Member
$20/year Family Membership.
See the membership form for more information.
Membership runs Sept. to Sept. (change from Jan. as of
Board of Directors
||Eunice Bench (2013-2014)
||Don Kniffen (2013-2014)
||Kevin Melvin (2013-2014)
||Reni Melvin (2013-2014)
||Judi Lehrhaupt (2013-2015)
||Andrea Holladay (2013-2015)
||Stuart Dixon (2012-2013)
||Bob May (2012-2013)
||Shelley Nussbaum (2011-2013)
Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box 914
Flemington, NJ 08822-0914
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