Merck Forest and Farm Center Farm Sheepdog Trials Rupert Vermont
Teaching and demonstrating the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland

Sheep Dog Trial & Farm Festival
September 7 and 8, 2013, 8 am - 4pm


Sheep Dog Competition
8 am - 4 pm: Merck Forest Open
TBA: Nursery Class Competition (Saturday only)

Farm Demonstrations
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

Food Vendor
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."

Merck Forest Sheep Dog TrialsThe 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.

Merck Forest would like to thank its 2013 sponsors for helping to make this event a success.

Orvis Fly Fishing Outfitter H N Williams Store Dorset Vermont
Vermont Country Store Bartlett Tree Service

Dorr Oil Company
RBC Wealth Management
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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