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Sheep at last year’s festival. Courtesy photo.




Festival highlights

Saturday Workshops
• Floribunda! Needlefelted Roses, Pat Pawlowicz, 9:30 a.m. to noon 
• Creating The Colors You Really Want, Linda Whiting, 1 to 3 p.m.
Sunday Workshops
• Drop Spindle Clinic, Terri Guerette, 9:30 a.m. to noon
• Needle Felted Landscapes, Kristen Walsh, 1 to 3 p.m. 
 
Crafts
Saturday Crafts
• Fleece Angels at 10 a.m. 
• Handspun Jewelry at 11 a.m.
• Wet-Felted Ball Necklace at 1 p.m.
• Handspun Jewelry at 2 p.m. 
• Finger Weaving at 3 p.m.
Sunday Crafts
• Felted Soap-Make a Picture on Your Soap at 11 a.m.
• Creative Colors With Onion Skin Dyes at noon
• Rock Monsters at 1:30 p.m.
• Wet-Felted Acorn Necklace at 2:30 p.m.
 
38th Annual NH Sheep and Wool Festival
Where: Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield
When: Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Cost: $5
Contact: 224-5022
Visit: nhswga.org




Sheep show
Festival celebrates all things sheep and wool

05/08/14



 Wayne Welch spends a great deal of time taking care of his North Country Cheviots. 

“Every breed has its own purpose — some are strictly meat and some are wool sheep. I have dual-purpose sheep,” Welch said. 
Welch is a farmer and vice president of the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Growers Association. 
On Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, Welch will be at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival spreading his knowledge on all things sheep. 
“This is our 38th festival. It’s a form for the Sheep and Wool Growers Association to put on demonstrations and speakers. It’s made up of farmers and producers throughout New Hampshire,” he said. “We’re teaching interested people how to start farming with sheep, [from] sheep dog demonstrations to raising and selling your yarn or wool products. It’s a fundraiser for us and our yearly event to provide education.”
The two days are packed with demonstrations, speakers and vendors. 
“We have a wool show, where we grade the wool and we put it up for sale or have it spun into yarn, and that’s very popular,” Welch said. “The days are just full, every hour on the hour. We also have a lamb tasting where we give out samples for people to try.” 
Every year, Welch said, they partner with the New Hampshire Alpaca Association, whose members will be on the grounds with their own set of demonstrations and vendors.
Welch said the fair is family-oriented and pairs with the local 4-H club. Kids can come to the make-and-take sessions and make crafts to bring home. 
“Through education and hands-on demonstrations, we’re teaching educational topics with raising sheep, from vaccinations to shear grading wool and the skills of weaving or spinning and all the equipment needed to do it,” said Welch. “[The fair] is important to the Sheep and Wool Growers Association and to educate the public, gain new members and pass down sheep farming.”  
 
As seen in the May 8th issue of the Hippo.





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