Quick Links - Fleece Competition Felting Competition Skein Competition - Photography Contest - Farm Work Stock Dog Trial


There are a great variety of types of fleece. For judging, they are placed in different groups according to color, white or natural colored, and grade, or fiber diameter, into fine, medium or long wools. There will also be a purebred class for each breed where the fleece is judged according to breed standards.

There were over 100 entries in the 2013 Fleece Competition.

Superintendents: Deborah Peterson and Carolyn Barsness
Judge: Letty Klein

Letty Klein has been making custom braided rugs from roving for almost 20 years.  She has raised Karakul sheep 1982 on Pine Lane Farm near Kalamazoo, MI and has judged sheep and fleece shows all across the country.  She is on the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association Board of Directors and is the Vice President of the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo.   A graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in Microbiology, she is retired research scientists from Upjohn/Pfizer Animal Health.  She has a regular column in the Black Sheep Newsletter.  Along with Coauthor Ann Brown they have conducted rug braiding workshops all across the country since their book “The Shepherd’s Rug – a braided wool rug from roving” was published in 2006.

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Coordinator: Christie Lasch
Judge: Becky Utecht

Judge: Becky Utecht

Rebecca Utecht is an artist and shepherdess living in rural Mora, Minnesota. She got her first sheep in 2001 and took her first felting class in 2002. Since then she has gone on to study under renowned felt makers from the US, Japan, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Canada. She is passionate about felting and her felt art work has been well-received; winning awards at art shows including the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Competition. One of her pieces was selected for inclusion in the recent publication, “500 Felt Objects.” She has judged art, handspun yarn, and interview competitions in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Becky operates River Oaks Farm & Studio–

Show off your felted projects!


  • Division 1: needle felted
  • Division 2: wet-felted
  • Division 3: knitted or crochet and fulled



  1. The felter’s name, address, phone # and email address must be affixed to the item.
  2. The entry fee is $2 per item.
  3. A limit of one entry per division per person may be submitted.
  4. Judging will take place on Saturday morning.
  5. Entries should be brought to the contest area in Building C on Saturday morning between 8:00 and 9:00 am and must stay on exhibit until 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

Disclaimer: We will do our best to secure yourentries, but Shepherd’s Harvest is not responsible for lost or stolen items.



Coordinator: Lezlie Ceran
Judges: Still confirming


  • Division 1:Fine
  • Division 2:Sport/Worsted
  • Division 3:Bulky
  • Division 4:Novelty



  • The spinner’s name, address, phone number,  and email address must be affixed to the item.
  • Skeins must be 2 or more ounces in weight, and in order to be judged, the yarn should be wound on a 1-1/2 to 2-yard niddy-noddy and gently figure-eight tied in four places.
  • The entry fee is $2 per item.
  • A limit of one entry per division per person may be submitted.
  • Judging will be on Saturday morning.
  • Skeins must stay on exhibit until 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Submission: You may submit your skeins at the Festival on Saturday morning from 8 to 9 a.m.  Skeins should be brought to the contest area in Building C.  Skeins may also be submitted by mail until May 1.  Skeins submitted by mail must be picked up at the festival.

Shepherd’s Harvest Skein Competition Mail-Ins
Lezlie Careen
13031 Coral Ave
Luana, Iowa,52156-8025

Include your e-mail address for receipt confirmation.

Disclaimer: We will do our best tosecure your entries, but Shepherd’s Harvest isnot responsible for lost or stolen items.


Farm Work Stock Dog Trial

 Location: TBD

Date/Time: Saturday 12:30 p.m.
Coordinator: Dan and Janis Reuter

Shepherd’s Harvest is now including a judged stock dog trial as one of its events. The Trial will be similar to ranch-style/fun obstacle course trialing. There will be a course time and all sheep will need to complete elements, including a short outrun, for full points. A handlers’ meeting will be held immediately before each class. All runs will be with three sheep.

Judge  TBD

Level I: Beginner handler/dog who have some experience running novice/A level courses in a trial situation.
Level II: Experienced handler/dog who run higher level courses in a trial situation.

The Stock Dog Trial runs begin at 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday. Entry forms are available at Entry open date is April 1st, 2014. The stock dog demonstrations at Shepherd’s Harvest draw hundreds of spectators. We expect even more with the Farm Work Trial!