Fleece Show & Sale
Methods of handling fleeces available to producers:
- Fleeces entered in competition and consigned for sale
- Fleeces consigned for sale only
- Fleeces entered in competition only
Fleece Standards: Fleeces must be from the current (2012-2013) wool crop and represent no more than 15 months growth. Each fleece must be clean, free of chaff, burrs, tags and second cuts. They must be skirted and in a clear plastic bag. The policy of the Festival is to be a broker, to make fleeces available to the spinners, and to provide a market for the producers. Producers are responsible for the accuracy of their entry forms. Producers are urged to be selective in the fleeces they enter and reasonable in the prices they set. Anyone entering two or more fleeces must have one for sale. Committee reserves the right to refuse any fleeces not meeting standards.
Entry fees are $5 per fleece entered for competition only and $3 per fleece consigned for sale only, and $6 per fleece consigned for both show and sale. Pre-registered entries that require changes at time of delivery will incur an additional $1 fee per fleece. Entry fees will be doubled on all entries postmarked after April 23, 2013. The sale price of the fleeces will be set by the producers. The MSBA commission on all fleeces will be 10% for MSBA members (current as of April 1, 2013) and 20% for non-members.
Friday, 12:00 noon to 4:30 PM - Fleeces Accepted
Friday, 5:00 PM - Show fleeces judged
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM - Fleeces for sale
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Silent Auction for Special Award fleeces
Saturday, 1:00 PM - Show fleece placings discussed by judges
Sunday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Fleeces for sale
Sunday, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Producers pick up unsold fleeces
Fleeces entered for competition, but not offered for sale, should be removed from the exhibit prior to 9:00 AM on Saturday. After 6:00 PM Sunday, any unclaimed fleeces become the property of MSBA. MSBA will make every effort to display and care for the entered fleeces, but assumes no responsibility for damaged, lost, stolen or erroneously sold fleeces. Competition fleeces (except for Special Fleece Show Award winners sold by silent auction) may be sold at any time. Award-winning fleeces must remain on display, even if sold, until 3:30 PM on Saturday.
Divisions and Classes
All fleeces will be judged on suitability for handspinning.
Division I Natural Colored Fleeces
Division II White Fleeces
Divisions I & II will each have classes A, B, C and D.
A. Fine: Spinning Count 64s to 80s (17-22 microns) (e.g. Cormo, Merino, Rambouillet)
B. Medium: Spinning Count 50s to 62s (22-31 microns) (e.g. Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Montadale, Tunis)
C. Long: Spinning Count 36s to 48s (31-40 microns) (e.g. Coopworth, Cotswold, Leicester, Lincoln, Romney, Wensleydale)
D. Double-Coated: (e.g. Icelandic, Karakul, Navajo-Churro, Scottish Blackface, Shetland)
Premiums each class: 1st - $20 2nd - $15 3rd - $12 4th - $10
Division III Breed Class Fleeces
(Breed-specific competition fleeces only – no Sale-only fleeces)
Judging will be based on breed standards as well as suitability for handspinning.
Premiums, each class: 1st - $20 2nd - $15
Breed Classes limited to: Blue-Faced Leicester, Border Leicester, Columbia, Coopworth, Cormo, Corriedale, Cotswold, Gotland, Jacob, Karakul, Icelandic, Leicester Longwool, Lincoln, Merino, Rambouillet, Romeldale CVM, Romney, Shetland, Targhee.
A maximum of seven (7) fleeces per producer may be entered for competition and/or sale. The same fleece may not be entered in more than one class or division. A maximum of three fleeces per breed may be entered for competition in Division III.
Special Fleece Show Awards
Champion Fleece, each Division: $20 and Rosette
Grand Champion Fleece: $25 and Rosette
The Pat Brown Memorial Award: Best Maryland Fleece: $25 & Cup
The Tyson Creamer Memorial Award: Best 4-H Fleece: $25
The Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Handspinning Natural Colored Fleece: $50
The Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Handspinning White Fleece: $50
Willow Brook Farm Award: Best Leicester Longwool Fleece in Breed Class: $25
Willow Brook Farm Award: Best Leicester Longwool Natural Colored Fleece: $25
Willow Brook Farm Award: Best Leicester Longwool White Fleece: $25
Willow Brook Farm Award: Best Uncovered Fleece $25
Special Fleece Show Award winners being offered for sale at the Fleece Show will be available for purchase based on a Silent Auction from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday. Winners will be announced at 3:00 PM Saturday. Pick-up will be after 3:30 PM on Saturday.