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2014 Festival

Our 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 and workshops on Friday!  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!

Lincoln Lamb

Photo Courtesy NLSBA
We Will Be Hosting a Regional Lincoln Show as well as the 4th Northeast Regional Jacob Breed Show!

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 Application Forms
Only OUTSIDE spaces are available and it is too late to be listed in the Festival Brochure.

General Fleece Sale
At the 2012 Festival 69 Fleeces were Judged,
and an Additional 42 were offered for sale!
92 Fleeces in all, of which 50 were sold (not all were for sale). 
The largest fleece show/sale in NJ!

Next General Meeting:

Prior Meeting was
March 22nd 10:00AM
Hosted by Judi Lehrhaupt,
Ewe Can Do It Farm

Photos from Fall Meeting (on FB)
Draft Fall meeting minutes.

Next Festival Meeting:

Post Festival! 
 at the home of Eunice Bench
105 Lilac Drive, Annandale, NJ 08801
(908) 730-7189
email Andrea in advance if you want to attend via Skype.

Prior Meeting Minutes.

Festival Flyers:

Two Page (pdf)

Page 1 (pdf)
Page 2 (pdf)
Four per Page Mini
Shepherd's Lead Contest


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!



Festival Activities:
Volunteers needed to take on running all/any events for the 2015 Festival.  Learn how it has been done by working on this year's Festival by volunteering now!  Let Eunice or Andrea know if you are interested.

Animal Health:
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.  Details 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 2014).

Contact Information

Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box 211
Annandale, NJ 08801


Board of Directors

President Eunice Bench (2013-2014)
Vice President Don Kniffen  (2013-2014)
Secretary Kevin Melvin  (2013-2014)
Treasurer Reni Melvin  (2013-2014)
Trustee Judi Lehrhaupt (2013-2015)
Trustee Andrea Holladay (2013-2015)
Trustee Shelley Nussbaum  (2014-2015)
Trustee Jennifer Elgrim (2014-2015)
Trustee Royal Unzicker (2014-2015)

Business Address:
Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box 914
Flemington, NJ 08822-0914

 By Laws

Incorporation Document


Page Last Updated: 21-August-2014