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 2014 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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Alpaca Fleece Competition

Hosted by:  Upper Midwest Alpacas (UMA) – a group of alpaca owners and breeders in the upper Midwestern states, and an affiliate of the Alpaca Owners Association (AOA).
Judge:  Wade Gease
Deadline for registration entries postmarked by May 1st, 2015
All Mail-In Fleece must be postmarked by May 4th, 2015 & received by May 11th, 2015

More information and to register Visit:

Friday, May 15, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Check-in for fleeces at Washington County Fair Grounds, Lake Elmo
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fleece collection for Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America (AFCNA)
12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Show Set-up/color check

Saturday, May 16, 2015
8:00 a.m. Judging begins; display of fleeces at conclusion of judging, approx. 1:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fleece collection for AFCNA
3:00 p.m. Judge Wade Gease will demonstrate sorting a fleece for AFCNA

Sunday, May 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. Display of fleeces
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Silent Auction bidding for fleeces indicated as “for sale”
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Fleeces not sold at 2:00 now available at Reserve price (no bidding)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Fleece check-out



Coordinator:  Pam Pearce
Judge:  Robbin Firth from Heartfelt Silk

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 $5 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 A on Saturday morning between 8:00 and 9:00 am and must stay on exhibit until 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
  6. Mail Entries in advance to:    2192 Highway 63  Deer Park, WI  54007
    Questions:  Email

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


Coordinator: TBD


  • 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 $5 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 A.  Skeins may also be submitted by mail until May 1.  Skeins submitted by mail must be picked up at the festival.

Include your e-mail address for receipt confirmation.

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