April 2017 Events

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Where
What
April 1
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St. Paul, Minn.
Sheep Health Day and University of Minnesota Sheep Barn Tour
Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the day will include demonstrations of assessing body condition, disease symptoms and collecting blood samples, as well as other sheep health topics. Lunch is included with the registration fee. A tour of the diagnostic lab and lambing barns will wrap up the afternoon.

For more information, visit MLWP.org.
April 1
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Ravenna, Neb.
Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association Spring Tour
Mark your calendars for a day of hands-on instruction and fun. Learn the ins and outs of Brooks Duester's operation as we tour his 1,000 ewes lambing and 5,000 head feedlot. Cody Chambliss will teach you how to gain $.20 per pound on your wool clip through a few simple procedures before, during and after shearing. Kiley Hammond and Neal Amsberry will walk you through how to properly feed your market lambs and goats. Enjoy demos on lambing/kidding care and managment, proper foot care, vaccination protocols and much more.

Pre-registration is $10 for members/$20 for non-members and $5 for youth. Register at the door for $20.

To register online, visit: www.nebraskasheepandgoat.org/2017-spring-tour
April 3
to April 7
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Moses Lake, WA
Washington State Beginning Shearing School
Washington state sheep shearing school at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake, Wash.

For information, contact Sarah Smith at 509-760-6946 or smithsm@wsu.edu.
April 4
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Versailles, Ky.
Eweprofit III School
University of Kentucky Eweprofit III School in Versailles, Ky.

Contact Dr. Don Ely at 859-257-2717 or dely@uky.edu for information.
April 8
to April 9
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Vermont
Vermont Shearing School
A shearing school sponsored by the Vermont Sheep Growers Association and the University of Vermont Extension is scheduled for April 8 at Merck Forest and Farm Center, Rupert, Vt., and April 9 at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vt. This is beginner / intermediate sheep shearing school.

For information, contact Jim McRae at 802-483-2463 or email vtshearer@yahoo.com.
April 8
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Porterville, Calif.
California Ram Sale
Porterville (Calif.) Fairgrounds. Barns open for viewing at 8 a.m. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. and Ram Sale begins at 1 p.m.

http://cawoolgrowers.org/sale/ramsale.html
April 8
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Moses Lake, WA
Washington State Advanced Shearing School
Washington state advanced shearing school at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake.

For information, contact Sarah Smith at smithsm@wsu.edu or 509-760-6946.
April 13
to April 15
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Claremore, OK
Oklahoma State Shearing School
Oklahoma state shearing school at Shepherds Cross in Claremore

For information, contact Sarah Dickenson at 918-342-5911 or 918-231-6947.
April 14
to April 15
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Uniontown, Md.
Maryland Shearing School
Maryland Shearing School set for April 14-15 in Uniontown, Md.

Click here for information, or contact Aaron Geiman at mdsheepshearingschool@gmail.com for information.
April 14
to April 15
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Dry Creek, La.
4th Annual Wool Days
There are so many sheep to shear this year that we’ve had to schedule it over two days!  It’s a great learning experience to watch the process of shearing sheep — fun for the whole family. And you can purchase fleece that you have watched being sheared! At noon on Friday and Saturday, there will be an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt divided into groups by age (ages 1-4 and 5 ). Bring your own basket. Turn in your eggs for a fun treat bag after the hunt! 

Admission includes all of the above activities PLUS:
Jumping Pillow and Barrel Train rides(unlimited), fun on the farm playground — Dirt Mountain Slide, Tire Pyramids, photo ops, and a tour of the Historic Farm House.  Rubber duck races available for a nominal additional fee.

Our farm concession will be open all day with plenty of food and drinks!

For more information, visit: cmfarmsllc.com/events/wool-festival/
April 14
to April 15
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Greencastle, Ind.
The Fiber Event 2017
The Fiber Event 2017 will be at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Greencastle, Ind. Admission and parking are free. Come enjoy the vendors, workshops, competitions and sheep.

For more information, visit: TheFiberEvent.com.
April 20
to April 23
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Puyallup, Wash.
Puyallup Spring Fair
As part of the Puyallup (Wash.) Spring Fair, the Shepherds Extravaganza will include shearing and fiber demonstrations and competitions, fleece sale, workshops and a livestock show.

For more information, visit Shepherds-Extravaganza.com.
April 21
to April 22
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Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Tennessee Shearing School
The 2017 Tennessee Sheep Shearing School will be on April 21 and 22, 2017, at the Tennessee Livestock Center on the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) campus in Murfreesboro.  The school is sponsored by the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association, the University of Tennessee Extension Service and the MTSU School of Agribusiness.

Mr. Rathke will be assisted by Dr. Warren Gill, MTSU School of Agribusiness an Agriscience, William Rick, visiting shearer, and Caleb Fritz, MTSU Alum and local shearer and Mark Powell with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

The shearing school is designed for either beginner or experienced shearers who wish to improve their skills.  Instructors will teach the most modern, up-to-date shearing methods.  One of the most important aspects of the school is information about maintenance and care of sheep shearing equipment.

The school will start at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 21, with registration. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a discussion of equipment care and maintenance and at 1 p.m. we will start shearing. On Saturday, April 22, at 8 a.m., we will continue with the hands-on shearing instruction. The course will continue until all sheep are sheared (usually by noon).

The cost for the Shearing School is $150 per person. In order to make plans, pre-registration is required. Participation is limited to the first 20 paid applicants. If you have questions, please call Mark Powell at 615-519-7796 or Warren Gill at 615-478-3828.

Click Here for the registration form.

April 21
to April 23
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Townsend, Tenn.
Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
Classes, activities for families, demonstrations, display of llamas, angora rabbits, sheep and goats, vendor marketplace.

To learn more, visit SmokyMountainFiberArtsFestival.org.
April 21
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Colorado Springs, CO
Farm to Fabric: Curious?

Mountains & Plains Fibershed invites you to our first event. This is a gathering of Fibershed members and those who are interested in learning more about who we are. Come meet the board of directors and current members. Learn about the development of Mountains & Plains Fibershed. Eileen Hallman, from Black Mountain NC, will talk about Local Cloth, the Fibershed in North Carolina.

At Textiles West at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 East Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Please RSVP to: localinfo@mountainplainsfibershed.com or call Anne-Marie at 720-202-8833.

April 22
to April 23
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York, Neb.
Mid-Plains Fiber Fair

Welcome to the First Annual Mid-Plains Fiber Fair!


When you look around at your area, and see that there are a lot of fellow fiber enthusiasts, but no great fiber fairs such as there are in other states, you start your own!  The Mid-Plains Fiber Fair seeks to bring together fiber artists of all skill levels for a wonderful weekend of classes, fellowship, and fun!

Details are still being worked out, but we will have demonstrations, kids activities, vendors, great classes, and more!  Classes will include beginning spinning, felting, basket weaving, loom weaving, and more!

The Vendor Hall will be open 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

York, Nebraska, is right on I-80 and Highway 81, placing it at the central crossroads of America.  A moderate-sized city, York has a beautiful, clean fairgrounds, several hotels, and many restaurants.  We hope you come join us for the first annual Mid-Plains Fiber Fair!

​Free admission and parking. 

For more information, visit: MidPlainsFiberFair.com
April 28
to April 30
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Hutchinson, Minn.
Beginner/Intermediate Shearing School

A three-day sheep shearing school will be held at The Lamb Shoppe near Hutchinson, Minnesota on April 28-30, 2017 for beginner and intermediate shearers. Instruction will include the shearing pattern, blade sharpening techniques, physical fitness, hand piece maintenance and more. This school is for both beginners and advanced shearers. The school is sponsored by the American Sheep Shearing Academy and will be instructed by Doug Rathke of Minnesota.

For information, email info@LambShoppe.com or call 320-587-6094.
April 28
to April 29
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Ocala, Fla.
Florida Sheep, Wool & Herding Dog Festival
Enjoy workshops, fleece sale, herding competitions and more at the Florida Sheep, Wool and Herding Dog Festival the last weekend in April at the Greater Ocala Dog Club.

For more information, visit: FloridaSheepFestival.com.
April 29
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Connecticut
Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival
The 108th annual Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival will include a variety of demonstrations and workshops.

For more information, visit: CTSheep.org.
April 29
to April 30
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Washington County (N.Y.)
25th Annual Washington County Fiber Tour
Farms are open both days 10 -4 (unless noted otherwise). Visit alpacas, bunnies, goats, sheep and lambs, llamas, and more - on the farm; and meet the farmers and their families. Click here for the list of Farms See map for locations >>>

Free events. Watch spinning, knitting, weaving and felting demonstrations. Learn about raising the livestock and pets that we cherish. Download the complete schedule >>>

Drive from farm to farm through scenic Washington County in Eastern upstate New York. Shop for handspun and dyed yarns, unique woven and knitted items, high quality fleeces, cuts of lamb, and more.

April 29
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Waltham, Mass.
Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival

The festival features both traditional manual blade sheep shearing and electric sheep shearing. Sheep fleeces are collected to be weighed in the kids’ activity tent and later sold. Merino sheep and sheared the traditional way and other sheep are brought in for the electric shearing.

The fiber tent area offers dozens of fiber artists specializing in wool yarn, roving, knitting kits, and finished wool products. Some even bring animals or special demonstrations. The crafter area has 76 booths with artisans selling handmade candles, birdhouses, jewelry, metalwork, pottery, and more.

For more information, visit: goreplace.org/sheepshearing-festival/