Fleece and Fiber Arts Competitions
Fiber Arts Contest
Fiber Arts Competition Rules
Judging will take place Saturday afternoon/evening and results will be available on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
New this year: Best of Show Fleece will receive the Susan Glerum Award of Excellence and $20 cash.
This will be a Handspinning Fleece Show. Fleeces will be judged on their merits and qualities for handspinning. Entry fee will be $5 per fleece. Winners in each division will receive a ribbon. More details on the fleece competition, such as fleece prep, definitions of each division, and judging times will be announced closer to the date of the fiber fair. The fleece show will be judged by Jim Corbett, and the Judging is sponsored by BaaBerry Farm in Miller, Nebraska.
Entry Forms will be available for download here after March 15th, and for filling out at the fiber fair. No pre-registration required.
Divisions are divided by spinning count system numbers. Example breeds, along with wool count numbers, are given after each division below. For more information on grading wool, please visit this link: msuextension.org/publications/AgandNaturalResources/MT198380AG.pdf
Super Fine: 64 and above (20 micron and finer) Merino, Rambouillet, Cormo
Fine: 58-64 (26-21 micron) Rambouillet, Columbia, Corriedale, Polypay, Targhee
Medium: 52-56 (29-25 micron) Finn, Jacob, Tunis
Coarse/Longwool: 50 and coarser (30 micron and coarser) Lincoln, Border Leicester, Romney
Dual Coat: Karakul, Icelandic, Shetland, Navajo-Churro
Meat Breeds: Suffolk, Dorset, Southdown, Hampshire, Cheviot
Mohair (Angora Goats)
Preparation: Fleeces should be cleaned of major debris, rolled flesh-side out, and placed in a clear plastic bag. Please indicate whether your fleece has been skirted or not. Mohair and other fleeces that fall apart easily do not have to be rolled. Do not tie fleeces. Judge reserves the right to unroll fleece for judging. No fleeces with mothballs will be allowed.
The Mid-Plains Fiber Fair will take necessary care and precautions in the handling and display of all fleeces entered, but assumes no responsibility for the damage, loss, or theft of entries.
Forms may be downloaded below. We highly recommend printing and filling out your forms before coming to the fair.
Competition entrants will receive one bonus door prize ticket at competition drop-off.