Sheep Dog Trial & Farm Festival
September 7 and 8, 2013, 8 am - 4pm
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Sheep Dog Competition
8 am - 4 pm: Merck Forest Open
TBA: Nursery Class Competition (Saturday only)
11 am and 1 pm: Sheep Shearing
11:30 am and 1:30 pm: Blacksmithing
Fiber Arts Demonstrations
All Day: Spinning, Weaving, Carding, and Knitting
Farm Games and Activities
All Day: Balloon Sheep Herding, Sheep to Sweater Activity, Make a Wool Bracelet, and Potato Plowing Craft
All Day: Silent Auction
All Day: Wagon Rides to and from the Farm
10 am - 3pm: Wood Family Farm Home-Cooked Foods
"There is no good flock without a good shepherd, and no good shepherd without good dogs."
The trials are the third leg of the Vermont Triple Crown of the North East Border Collie Association (NEBCA). Merck Forest & Farmland Center has been hosting the sheep dog trials since 2004. Some of the region's best-trained sheep dogs will be seen in action, while attendees will learn more about sheep farming, an integral part of Vermont's history.
The weekend farm festival features demonstrations, including blacksmithing and sheep shearing, horse-drawn wagon rides, a variety of hands-on farm crafts and activities for children, fiber artists who showcase their work, a silent auction, and a farm-to-table local food vendor.