105th CT Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival

It’s that time of year!  Spend a nice spring day with the family at the festival!  Here’s the schedule and other pertinent information:  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rain or Shine
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tolland Agricultural Center
Route 30, Vernon/Rockville, CT

GPS – 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT

$5 per carload!

Fiber Arts Contests

Chair: Ellen Gunther-Rodzen

Skein and Garment Contest Entry Form

Classes listed below. Drop-off Friday April 25th at Gold Building from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Items must be diplayed all day at festival and must be picked up between 3 and 4 PM Saturday. Ribbons and cash prizes; judging will be Saturday morning and is open to view by the public.


Junior (14 and under) and Adult Skein: Prizes provided by the Northeast Handspinners Association
Accessories: Hats, Scarves, Bags, Socks etc.
Garments: Sweaters, Shawls, Vests, Skirts etc.
Spinning Bee

1:30 PM in the Event Tent

Bring your wheel or spindle: Fiber will be provided

Tentative Classes:

Thick and Thin

A Quick Guide to the 2014 Festival Grounds:

Elliot Building – Workshops, NO ANIMALS ALLOWED

Gold Building – Vendors, Contests, CSBA booth NO ANIMALS ALLOWED

Green Barn – Vendors

Greenhouse – The Creative Living Community of CT Greenhouse will be selling herbs, microgreens and greeting cards made by an adult with autism. Tours throughout the day through the greenhouse. Brochure

Pavilion Area – Food Vendors

Red Barn – Vendors, Seminars & Livestock

White Barn – Vendors

Event Tent – Demonstrations and Contests


Shopping All buildings except Elliot: Familiar vendors and a few new ones, many of them CT Farm businesses, will be selling fiber & yarn, crafts, livestock supplies, soap, spinning and weaving supplies and a variety of other items. Be prepared to shop and bring cash as not all vendors can accept credit cards.


Gold Building-All Day

CSBA Headquarters where you’ll find:

CSBA T Shirts, Sweatshirts, Bags – New logo items available this year!

CSBA Farm Signs – Vinyl coated aluminum signs with logo ($25)

The Connecticut Blanket & Door Prize- Beautiful, cozy blankets, custom woven with wool from Connecticut Farms, will be for sale. Entry forms for the blanket door prize available at the CSBA table. One entry per family. Drawing 3 PM

Various vendors are also in this building.


2014 Outdoor Events Listed by Location

Food Vendors – Our professional food vendors will have breakfast, lamb stew, lamb burgers, sausage grinders, beef burgers, chicken nuggets, fries, fried dough, egg rolls, vegetarian items, beverages and more!

Kids Korner – A place for children to explore many fiber activities and just have fun playing games. Sponsored by Windham Woolies and Bantams & Bunnies 4-H clubs.


2014 CT Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival Free Outdoor Educational Seminars



Red Building

All Day Kid’s Korner, sponsored by local 4-H clubs

10:00 CT Blanket Wool Quality Workshop Blanket Committee

10:00 Angora Rabbit Care and Grooming Wooly Buns

12:00 Alpaca 101 NE Alpacas

1:00 Sheep 101 Jean DeNapoli

2:00 Selecting Replacement Ewes Russ Robinson


Elliot Building

10:00 Ask The State Vet Mary Jane Lis

11:00 NE Meat Conference Overview Joyce Meader

1:00 Treating Livestock with Herbal Remedies Judy Taylor

2:00 Making Felted Soaps Kathy Bombria

Event Tent (By White Building)

All Day Crochet Guild Dee

10:00 Making a Small Leash Rhoda Labroke

11:00 Weaving on a Peg Loom Dennie Burak

1:00 Fleece Selection for your Project Pam Blasco

2:00 Knitting with Mill & Handspun Yarn Leslie Alexander


All Day SCA Medieval Re-enactors

All Day Bobbin Lace Group



UCONN Cooperative System

The Connecticut Cooperative Extension System is a statewide, informal education system within the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Cooperative Extension educational programs and problem-solving assistance are based on the research of land-grant universities such as the University of Connecticut.

Cooperative Extension programs are delivered throughout Connecticut in one-on-one sessions, workshops, short courses, and demonstrations, and via satellite teleconference, print publications, videotapes, radio, newspaper, periodicals and the Internet. Educational programs and materials cover a wide range of subjects, with emphasis on animal health and agriculture, family, community, 4-H Youth development, food, nutrition, food safety, natural resources, land use, environment, plant agriculture, horticulture, and gardening.

Connecticut Cooperative Extension employees are located at the main campus in Storrs and in eight county Extension Centers. These eight centers are located in Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, and Windham County.

Extension Email Extension Website



GPS Address : 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT

The Tolland Agricultural Center is only a few minutes off of I-84 on Route 30 in Vernon/Rockville, CT.

FROM HARTFORD: Take I-84 East to Exit 67. At the bottom of the ramp turn left on to Rte. 31. Go a short distance to the junction with Rte 30. Turn right on to Rte 30 East and TAC will be 1/8 mile on your right.

FROM BOSTON: Take I-84 West to Exit 67. At the bottom of the ramp turn right on to Rte. 31. Go a short distance to the junction with Rte. 30. Turn right on to Rte 30 East and TAC will be 1/8 mile on your right.

On site parking fee of $5.00 per car.

No Dogs Allowed On Grounds except permitted service dogs for the disabled & Demonstration Dogs in designated area only.






This handsome boy and 50 of his day old friends joined Morning Star Meadows Farm yesterday!


We’re enjoying having chicks again – they are SO funny to watch! So many times someone heads down to the basement to check on them and they end up not coming back upstairs for the longest time because watching these little guys run around interacting is SO entertaining that it just captivates you and you lose track of time!

We’ve also been arranging for extra visitors – little ones just love to visit the baby bunnies and chicks, and a visit to our farm this time of year really makes you KNOW that spring is truly here!  (Of course all of the mud out there helps, too!)

And speaking of bunnies, those critters are getting bigger…and dare I say even more cute!!  They’ll be ready for their new families in a week or so!  Please email us if you might be interested in making one or more part of YOUR family!  They are very well socialized – they love people and love being handled…super friendly and all healthy!

Oh – and did I mention that they are also SUPER-photogenic camera hogs?!  Don’tcha just wanna cuddle one RIGHT NOW!?

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We’ve had quite a busy weekend.  Since our garden area is a bit of a swamp still, Roy and I worked in the pasture.  Our horsey “neigh”-bors (sorry, couldn’t resist!) were happy kind enough to give us copious amounts of composted horse manure last fall that we’ve been wanting to use to top-dress parts of our pasture.  Saturday Roy and I played dueling tractors – he made a dent in the top of the mound (akin to making a gravy puddle in your pile of mashed potatoes) with his tractor, and I dropped in lime and nitrogen with mine.  Then we got on either side and used our buckets to mix these throughout the manure as well as we were able.  After that, we went to work spreading it, then hand seeded it and covered it with hay for protection from the birds and to keep the moisture in until it germinates.  Sure wish we had a video of the two of us out there on our “his” and “her” tractors!  I don’t know which of us was having more fun!

Anyway…time to call it a night, just like these little guys have…

Sweet dreams



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