Demonstrator Application

We are now actively filling 2024 Festival

Demonstration & Education Events
Shepherd’s Harvest Festival,

Guilds, organizations, and individuals are invited to share their talents and skills with thousands of visitors at the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival, May 11-12, 2024 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, MN.

Most demonstrations take place in Building A, the Festival’s Demonstrations, Education and Outreach Building, which also houses the “spin-in” circle, family and children’s activities and fleece competitions.

Shepherds Harvest presents a broad cross section of the world of fiber in the festival’s demonstrations, and we welcome presentations in many disciplines. Past activities have included skirting & fleece evaluation, fiber preparation, wool washing, spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, historic and contemporary demonstrations, educational presentations about antique spinning wheels, knotless netting, tatting, Somali weaving, flax dressing, knitter’s troubleshooting and more – all are welcome!

As a thank you for providing a demonstration at Shepherd Harvest, complimentary booths are available in Building A for those that would also like to exhibit their organization or products.   If you choose to sell products from your booth, we have a reduced vendor fee of $75. You may be interested in teaching small classes – they take place starting on Friday through Sunday – see the instructor proposal page under “Partners” on our website for more info

For additional information about participating in the Shepherd’s Harvest Festival as an individual demonstrator or as part of a guild or organization, please contact Jerry Pedersen.

We appreciate the effort involved in demonstrating at our festival, and we thank our volunteer demonstrators in these ways:

  • Complimentary Booth Space in Building A or discounted space of $75 (if selling product)
  • Complimentary admission to the festival for the demonstrator and her/his guests.
  • Acknowledgement in the Festival’s printed program, on the website, social media and on-site signage displayed during the festival

Demonstration Building Registration

This form is for Demonstrators to sign up on.