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Each year in early September the weekend-long Annual Sheep and Fiber Show is held by the Garden State Sheep Breeder’s Association¬†at my county’s fairgrounds. It brings sheep breeders from at least 4 surrounding states, but also a goodly amount of vendors ¬†selling wool spun from their own sheep, alpacas and llamas as well as products made from that wool. There are breed exhibits of the animals as well as show competition and judging, but the big favorites are the sheep shearing demonstrations and the sheep herding demonstrations, (my personal favorite.)

Here are just a few photos of the event and of the animals themselves. Missing are the sheep herding demonstration, (too far away), and the thousands of multi-colored skeins of yard at the many vendors’ stalls.

SheepShow-KnittingNeedles2

Handcrafted wooden knitting needles with delicious ornaments on top.

SheepShow-KnittedSkulls2

These crocheted skulls caught my eye – very cute!

SheepShow-Yak2

These thick, gorgeous mittens were made from yak hair.

SheepShow-Suffolk2

A Suffolk sheep

SheepShow-Llama2

One of two llamas at the festival. Llamas provide a source of wool for spinning and crafts

SheepShow-Coat2

Some sheep had coats. I didn’t ask but I suspect it was to keep them clean until they were done being shown

SheepShow-Soap2

One of my small treats to myself is handmade soap when I come across it at a reasonable price. At one stall there was quite a variety and I picked up a few of these small-ish square bars in oatmeal-almond, (above), lemon pound cake, coffee and vanilla, and “Kiss the Cook”, a brownie-like aroma. Made of skin-soothing ingredients such as olive oil, and lanolin and sheep’s milk by some soap crafters, they were all heavenly. I’m now set for getting clean all winter long with a guaranteed happy smile. These soaps were made by Saratoga Suds `n’ Stuff in Saratoga Springs, NY.

SheepShow-WhiteSheep2

My favorite photo of the day. Sheep are very sweet animals, and this one exemplified their gentle personalities.

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