2023 Demonstration Schedule
With the CzechMates – Becky with Czechers and Ena
Saturday: 10:30 am – 11:15 am & 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am – 11:30 am & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Becky has a love of border collies and an interest in training these dogs to do what they were traditionally bred for which is to work sheep. She saw an opportunity to help others see the wonders and joys of developing a working relationship with these fabulous dogs. In the demonstration, she shows and tells about the commitment that is required to achieve a well-trained border collie but also the fun of competing in sheepdog trials.
With Dale Mylin
Saturday: 10:30 am – 11:15 am & 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm & 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Dale was raised on a dairy farm in Lancaster County. As a young homeowner, he couldn’t find a shearer to shear his sheep, so he took the 2 day Penn State Extension training course. Word got out and soon he was shearing for others for the practice. At one point he was shearing over 500 sheep in a season, these days it’s just a couple hundred a season, mostly small flocks. He has 35 years of experience in shearing and raising sheep.
He is married to Marcia (his college sweetheart) for 38 years with 5 children and 11 grandchildren. They presently raise market lambs, running 15 ewes & have 3 purebred Suffolk rams that they hire out for stud service. When not on the farm Dale is teaching and coaching at The Lancaster Country Day School. He is also the Shearer for the Fidget Spinners, a Sheep to Shawl team that competes at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show and Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.
ALL ABOUT ANGORA RABBITS
With Ellen Anderson, Aboundingful Farm
Saturday: 12:30 am – 1:00 pm
Ellen is a Shepherdess, Spinner & Fiber Artist located in Lebanon County PA. She has been raising Angora rabbits with her daughter for over 21 years. Her rabbit herd currently consists of French & Satin Angora Rabbits, as well as some other short-haired rabbit breeds that she raises for show. During her demonstration, she will show you the different Angora breeds and talk about housing, grooming, care, harvesting the fiber, and spinning it. She loves to educate people about Angora rabbits and is always happy to answer questions from those interested in the possibility of owning an Angora rabbit someday.
Parade of Breeds
With Shepherds, Sheep & Goats from the Breed Display
Saturday: 1:30 am – 2:30 pm
Head to the Main Arena to see the line-up of various breeds of sheep and fiber-producing goats. The shepherds are eager to introduce you to their sheep and goats and share information about each breed.
ALPACAS AND LLAMAS
With Karen Taylor, Snowy Oaks Llamas & Fibers, and Holly Jacobs, Alpacas in the Glen
Sunday: 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Karen and Holly have been raising llamas and alpacas, respectively, for over 20 years. They will have some of their alpacas and llamas at the festival and will be talking about the differences between these two camelids. They will also discuss how to care for them and what you need to raise these unique animals on your farm. Karen and Holly will be happy to answer any questions you have about these wonderful animals.
With Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild
Saturday: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Do you have a raw fleece and you’d really like to do something wonderful with it? Guild members will show how to skirt the fleece to select areas on the fleece for various uses.
LEARN ABOUT LOOMS
With The Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild
Sunday: 3:15pm – 3:45 pm
Are thoughts of weaving swirling in your head, but you don’t know where to start? Members of the Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild from Wayne County PA, will walk you through ways to get started. They will show you various types of looms; from a simple cardboard loom to others such as a rigid heddle, inkle, peg looms and more. Come watch how these looms are used; learn and ask questions of these knowledgeable weavers.