Wednesday, April 8, 2015

2015 Sheep & Wool Showcase

Clermont's Arryl North field is usually a quiet place, the first spreading field you see at Clermont when you park your car and get out to stretch your legs.  But not next weekend.  On April 18th, it'll come to life with with 24 small businesses, sheep, ducks, dogs, kids, the savory smells of fresh food cooking, and the lively sounds of traditional, acoustic music.  That's because it's time for the Chancellor's Sheep & Wool Showcase.

The event runs from 11am-4pm, and tickets are only $8 per car (car pooling is welcome).

You'll be serenaded with live traditional music by Tamarack and the Acoustic Medicine Show while you explore a vendor concourse filled with two dozen small businesses.  This year’s concourse includes fine yarns, hand-knitted and hand-felted goods, local pottery, and soaps. Our vendors are jury-selected, and  most sell one-of-a-kind items.  It’s a great place to find unique treasures for Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner.

Children are also welcome at the festival, and some programming has been developed just for them.  Kids can paint their own tee shirts and make sheep-themed cootie catchers.  A special “Sheep to Shawl” lesson for children 3-5 years old will be given at 12:30 and 2:00 with songs and illustrations to help little ones learn how fabric is made, and sheep-themed stories will be read at 11:15, 1:00, and 2:15. 

The Showcase’s centerpiece is a selection of demonstrations that depict the processes for taking wool from sheep to shawl, including shearing, herding, spinning, weaving, and felting.  Two local 4-H clubs, the Wilderness Workers and Merry Sprites & Knights, will be onsite as well.  That's because we think that in this day and age of mass-produced clothing, it's a good idea to remember how your clothing gets made (think the farm-to-table movement, but for fabric). 

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