Merck Forest and Farm Center Farm Sheepdog Trials Rupert Vermont
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11th Annual Sheep Dog Trial & Farm Festival
July 18 and 19, 2015, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center's annual Sheep Dog Trial and Farm Festival falls in the early summer this year. Join us for this two-day event: watch the Northeast Border Collie Association in action at the Sheep Dog Trials, and take part in the Farm Festival's activities.

Tickets are sold at the door: $5/adult, $3/child ages 4 - 12, and under age 4 are free


Merck Forest Open Sheep Dog Competition
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Bring your own lawn chairs, or grab a seat under the large tent, and enjoy watching the line-up of handlers and dogs from the Northeast Border Collie Association compete in the Merck Forest Open. Prizes are awarded to the winners on Sunday afternoon.

Farm Festival
Events run all day, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The farm festival has a variety of activities between the farm and the sap house, which are kid and adult friendly:

  • Explore the Berries - Take a time-out from the trials to pick some berries at the raspberry patch (weather-dependent)
  • Wool Weaving - Explore the fiber arts and learn about wool and woven products by making your own wool bracelets.
  • Take a Gander in the Garden - Check out what is growing in the garden this summer.
  • Ploughing Demonstrations- Watch Fern and Arch plough with our apprentices. Learn a bit about draft power, and how it works here at Merck Forest.

Regional Fiber Artists
Vending and demonstrating all day, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fiber artists from nearby New York and Vermont will be set up and demonstrating their craft in the sap house. We are excited to have so many great crafters joining the festival this year. Items for sale include sheep wool rugs, hats, towels, yarn, angora goat products, alpaca fibers, batik-dyed fibers, felted products, wool dog products, crafting tools, and more!

If you are interested in vending at the Sheep Dog Trials this year, please contact Melissa Carll:

Local Food Served Onsite

OUR SPONSORS from 2014:

RBC Wealth Management Whitman's Feed Store Orvis
Salem Farm Supply HN Williams Store
Sheep Dog Trials at Merck Forest Rupert Vermont

Border Collie winner at  Merck Forest Sheep Dog Trials in Rupert Vermont

Horse-drawn wagon rides at farm festival

Vermont farm festival - artisan cheese, food and craft venders
We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive annual support from Merck & Co. Inc.
We are not part of any government agency. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law and are greatly appreciated!

Banner photo courtesy of Dan Sullivan
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