Grand Champion Fleece at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2013!

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.)

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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).

The camera-shy shepherdess posing with Heather (future champion :-) next to today's ribbons plus the shepherd's crook I won for Grand Champion prize!

This shepherdess posing with Heather (future champion 🙂 )next to today’s ribbons plus the shepherd’s crook I won for Grand Champion prize!

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

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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)

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Colin won 1st place Corriedale Fleece (Div III):

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Nonny skirts Colin's fleece.

Nonny skirts Colin’s fleece.

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And we will give an honorable mention to Felicia for 4th place in Medium Wool category (she won 1st in this category last year).

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And some final pics of the award announcements:

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17 Responses to Grand Champion Fleece at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2013!

  1. danrshaw says:

    Wow, I’m impressed. Great job. Things like that don’t happen by accident. It takes great breeding, feeding and care.

    • Julie Helms says:

      I credit Geof Ruppert of Ruppert Corriedales for the great breeding stock we have. He has an ambitious AI program importing his genetics from Australia, combining the best of Australia with the best of America. I’ll take credit for feeding them and cleaning up after them though. 😉 Thanks Dan!

  2. Great job! Even with my limited and long-ago experience with wool, they look amazing. You should be proud!

  3. Trish Avery says:

    I tell you what. WOW!

  4. Kathy says:

    A BIG CONGRATS JULIE AND FAMILY, NEXT YEAR I WOULD LOVE TO GO AND ENTER OUR CHAMPION FROM THE FARM SHOW AND SEE HOW HE DOES. BLESSINGS, KATHY

    • Julie Helms says:

      Thanks Kathy! We were just talking about the Farm Show. I have one fleece left over that I might pop in there–I have to read up on the rules. You should definitely enter at Maryland. Plus you would have a lot of fun there!

  5. Wow, Julie! We’re so proud of you, that is a wonderful accomplishment and reward for your dedication to your ‘babies’ ! Congratulations! “:)

  6. authormjlogan says:

    Nice Julie. Those are beautiful fleeces.

    MJ

  7. Martha says:

    Congrats! I still need to spin my fleece from last year. Alas, leg problems mean I may yet have to get an electric spinner…

  8. glorylennon says:

    Oh, how wonderful for you and your sheepies! I’d love to crochet something with that lovely wool!

  9. Debby says:

    Congratulations! I know that when Dave showed me the fleeces last Wednesday, I thought that they were beautiful. Great crimping & color! Looking forward to my own!

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