What an exciting weekend we had at Maryland Sheep and Wool. I entered 4 fleeces for competition and 3 of them won ribbons. Gabriel, our new Cormo cross ram, swept the awards though. (For those following the saga of bottle-baby Heather, this is her daddy.)
It was a picture-perfect weekend for the Festival. 70°, puffy white clouds, cool breeze. Unfortunately many thousands of other people thought so too—it was crowded. This was also the largest number of fleeces ever submitted in the Fleece Show, over 800 (about 200 more than last year).
Our big winner was Gabriel (He’s a Cormo/Corriedale/Merino x). He won:
**1st place- Medium category wool (Div II)
**Best White Fleece overall (Div II, all classes)
**Best of Show-White Handspinning Fleece (Jane Hyland Award) (Div II & III, all classes)
**Grand Champion of Show
Because Gabe was a big winner, instead of just selling his fleece they auctioned it to the highest bidder. It sold for $31.25 per lb (about $6 more per lb than our asking price)
Colin won 1st place Corriedale Fleece (Div III):
And we will give an honorable mention to Felicia for 4th place in Medium Wool category (she won 1st in this category last year).
And some final pics of the award announcements: