Fleece Show & Sale
New This Year
New Location: Farm & Garden Building, next door to Festival T-Shirt Sales (see map)
Revised Hours for Fleece Intake: We will be accepting fleeces on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
No Show-Only Category: We will no longer be accepting fleeces for show only. All fleeces entered must be for sale.
Additional Breed-Specific Class: Montadale
Methods of handling fleeces available to producers:
- Fleeces entered in competition and consigned for sale (show & sale)
- Fleeces consigned for sale but not in competition (sale only)
Fleece Standards: Fleeces must be from the current (2013-2014) 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 that can be easily opened. 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. Committee reserves the right to refuse any fleeces not meeting standards.
Entry fees are $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 24, 2014. The sale price of all fleeces will be set by the producers. The MSBA commission on all fleeces will be 10% for MSBA members (current as of April 1, 2014) and 20% for non-members.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Fleeces Accepted
Friday, 4:30 p.m. - Show fleeces judged
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Fleeces for sale
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Silent Auction for Special Award fleeces
Saturday, 1 p.m. - Show fleece placings discussed by judges
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Fleeces for sale
Sunday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Producers pick up unsold fleeces
After 6 p.m. 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 p.m. 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. Border Leicester, Coopworth, Cotswold, 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. A producer may enter a maximum of three fleeces per breed for competition in Division III.
Premiums, each class: 1st - $20 2nd - $15
Breed Classes limited to: Blue-Faced Leicester, Border Leicester, Columbia, Coopworth, Cormo, Corriedale, Cotswold, Gotland, Icelandic, Jacob, Karakul, Leicester Longwool, Lincoln, Merino, Montadale, Rambouillet, Romeldale CVM, Romney, Shetland, Targhee.
A maximum of seven (7) fleeces per producer may be entered for Show & Sale or Sale Only. The same fleece may not be entered in more than one class or division.
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 will be available for purchase based on a Silent Auction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday. Starting price will be the producer's asking price. Bidding will close at 3 p.m. Saturday. Pick-up will be after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.