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2014 Festival

Thanks to all for the great 20th Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival this past weekend 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!!

Vendor Application Forms
No  spaces left!!!

General Fleece Sale
At the 2014 Festival 109 Fleeces were Judged,
and an Additional 37 were offered for sale!
109 Fleeces in all, of which 51 were sold (not all were for sale). 
The largest fleece show/sale in NJ!

Next General Meeting:

5PM Sept. 5, 2014 at the Hunterdon Co. Fairgrounds, Barn 2
Pizza will be served!  Come nominate 2015 officers, 2015 Festival Committe Heads  and help kick off the 20th Festival!

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

Next Festival Meeting:

7PM Sep. 22, 2014  
 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.  Bring your thoughts for doing it better and help shape next year's Festival.

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 - 2014 Photos Coming Soon!


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: 19-September-2014