It's never too early to volunteer to help at the
106th Annual Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Rain or Shine
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tolland Agricultural Center
Route 30, Vernon/Rockville, CT
GPS - 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT
Below are the contacts and other information from the 2014 Festival so you can see what you missed or maybe can be encouraged to volunteer to teach a workshop or help in some way for 2015
Vendors: Our vendor chair is Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our grounds are full and the vendors for our 2014 Sheep and Wool Festival are looking forward to the first festival of the 2014 season.
They have a wonderful variety of products and some will be bringing fiber animals. All are from New England and the majority are Connecticut Farms or small businesses that count on your support to keep them going.
If you didn't get in this year, check back in 2015!
Please note; all vendors are required to have a valid Connecticut Sales and Use Tax Certificate and to provide certificates of liability insurance.
The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 and we are off to a great start for our next century. The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association as a program “to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut”, has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival by providing exhibits, demonstrations and over 60 vendors from the sheep, wool and fiber arena, with many of them from Connecticut. This event is a delightful agricultural and learning experience for the general public as well as shepherds and fiber enthusiasts. Exhibits and activities include: sheep exhibits, shearing demonstrations; vendors, fleece sale, educational lectures; wool skirting, a sheep dog trial, fleece to shawl contest, kids' corner, knitting instruction, food, vendors, festival logo shirts, music, vendors and fun.
2014 Festival contacts
Contact the appropriate person below for entry forms, rules, or information.
Kevin Woolam (860) 559-3537 email
Cathy Andresen (860) 639-9196 email
Vendors & Volunteers
Workshops and Seminars
Rick Trojanoski (860) 759-9334 email
Sheep Dog Demonstrations
We will be sponsoring a Sheep Dog Demonstration at festival this year. Hosted by Ellen Rusconi-Black at the field behind green building
Fleece Sale: Red Barn: All Day
No entry fees or commissions for CSBA members!!
$5.00 entry fee/fleece for non members (Membership $20.00)
Drop-off Friday by appointment only or Saturday 8 - 9 AM
Anne McIntyre-Lahner (203) 458-3070 email
Fiber Arts Contests
Chair: Ellen Gunther-Rodzen
Skein and Garment Contest Entry Form
Classes listed below. Drop-off Friday April 25th at Gold Building from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Items must be diplayed all day at festival and must be picked up between 3 and 4 PM Saturday. Ribbons and cash prizes; judging will be Saturday morning and is open to view by the public.
1:00 PM in the Event Tent
Bring your wheel or spindle: Fiber will be provided
A Quick Guide to the 2014 Festival Grounds:
Elliot Building - Workshops, NO ANIMALS ALLOWED
Gold Building – Vendors, Contests, CSBA booth NO ANIMALS ALLOWED
Green Barn – Vendors
Greenhouse - The Creative Living Community of CT Greenhouse will be selling herbs, microgreens and greeting cards made by an adult with autism. Tours throughout the day through the greenhouse. Brochure
Pavilion Area – Food Vendors
Red Barn – Vendors, Seminars & Livestock
White Barn – Vendors
Event Tent - Demonstrations and Contests
Shopping All buildings except Elliot: Familiar vendors and a few new ones, many of them CT Farm businesses, will be selling fiber & yarn, crafts, livestock supplies, soap, spinning and weaving supplies and a variety of other items. Be prepared to shop and bring cash as not all vendors can accept credit cards.
Gold Building-All Day
CSBA Headquarters where you'll find:
CSBA T Shirts, Sweatshirts, Bags - New logo items available this year!
CSBA Farm Signs – Vinyl coated aluminum signs with logo ($25)
The Connecticut Blanket & Door Prize - Beautiful, cozy Queen size blankets, custom woven with wool from Connecticut Farms, will be available for the first 5 people to make a donation in excess of $175 to the Tolland County Agricultural Center's "Close the Gap" campaign for funding the purchase of the Gunther Family Farm. Donations received at the CSBA Headquarters on the day of the Festival are in memory of Laura "Jo" Judd and all donations are to the fund are tax deductible. There is also a blanket door prize with entry forms available at the CSBA table. One entry per family. Drawing 3 PM
Various vendors are also in this building.
2014 Outdoor Events Listed by Location
Food Vendors - Our professional food vendors will have breakfast, lamb stew, lamb burgers, sausage grinders, beef burgers, chicken nuggets, fries, fried dough, egg rolls, vegetarian items, beverages and more!
Kids Korner - A place for children to explore many fiber activities and just have fun playing games. Sponsored by Windham Woolies and Bantams & Bunnies 4-H clubs.
2014 CT Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival Free Outdoor Educational Seminars
All Day Kid’s Korner, sponsored by local 4-H clubs
10:00 CT Blanket Wool Quality Workshop Blanket Committee
10:00 Angora Rabbit Care and Grooming Wooly Buns
12:00 Alpaca 101 NE Alpacas
1:00 Sheep 101 Jean DeNapoli
2:00 Selecting Replacement Ewes Russ Robinson
10:00 Ask The State Vet Mary Jane Lis
11:00 NE Meat Conference Overview Joyce Meader
1:00 Treating Livestock with Herbal Remedies Judy Taylor
2:00 Making Felted Soaps Kathy Bombria
Event Tent (By White Building)
All Day Crochet Guild Dee
10:00 Making a Small Leash Rhoda Labroke
11:00 Weaving on a Peg Loom Dennie Burak
1:00 Fleece Selection for your Project Pam Blasco
2:00 Knitting with Mill & Handspun Yarn Leslie Alexander
All Day SCA Medieval Re-enactors
All Day Bobbin Lace Group
UCONN Cooperative System
The Connecticut Cooperative Extension System is a statewide, informal education system within the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Cooperative Extension educational programs and problem-solving assistance are based on the research of land-grant universities such as the University of Connecticut.
Cooperative Extension programs are delivered throughout Connecticut in one-on-one sessions, workshops, short courses, and demonstrations, and via satellite teleconference, print publications, videotapes, radio, newspaper, periodicals and the Internet. Educational programs and materials cover a wide range of subjects, with emphasis on animal health and agriculture, family, community, 4-H Youth development, food, nutrition, food safety, natural resources, land use, environment, plant agriculture, horticulture, and gardening.
Connecticut Cooperative Extension employees are located at the main campus in Storrs and in eight county Extension Centers. These eight centers are located in Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, and Windham County.
GPS Address : 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT
The Tolland Agricultural Center is only a few minutes off of I-84 on Route 30 in Vernon/Rockville, CT.
FROM HARTFORD: Take I-84 East to Exit 67. At the bottom of the ramp turn left on to Rte. 31. Go a short distance to the junction with Rte 30. Turn right on to Rte 30 East and TAC will be 1/8 mile on your right.
FROM BOSTON: Take I-84 West to Exit 67. At the bottom of the ramp turn right on to Rte. 31. Go a short distance to the junction with Rte. 30. Turn right on to Rte 30 East and TAC will be 1/8 mile on your right.
On site parking fee of $5.00 per car.
No Dogs Allowed On Grounds except permitted service dogs for the disabled & Demonstration Dogs in designated area only.