Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival

History & Highlights

Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014

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See a letter from Jeanie celebrating our 10th year in 2009with thanks for everyone who has helped make this festival successful for our first 10 years.

The Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival got its start in 1998, when Jeanie Prentice went to the Ogemaw County Fair and the Michigan Fiber Festival at Allegan in the same week. She was enchanted with MFF and felt the beautiful Ogemaw County Fairgrounds had a lot of potential for hosting its own fiber festival. Jeanie was particularly interested in trying to bring together shepherds who are interested primarily in wool and those interested primarily in meat production.

She also found that running her own farm and trying to be a vendor at MFF was difficult, because of the distance. Reasoning that other northern Michigan vendors might have the same experience, she approached her local guild and asked what others thought. Two members, Jeanne Stock and Mary Reinke, were immediately interested and promised to help.

The next step was to look for funding to start the festival, and to build a relationship with the fair board. Jeanie talked to shepherd and shearer Jim Bristol, who arranged a donation of $500 from the Michigan Sheep Breeders Association, and $500 from the local sheep group, and got an OK from the fair board.

The first festival opened in 2000, with a recipe for success that can't be beat: treat vendors, teachers, students, and other attendees as friends, and make the festival feel like a family reunion. The hardworking efforts of the volunteers has made this the friendliest little fiber festival around. As Jeanie says, "We may not be the biggest, but we aim to please!<"

We would like to thank the following businesses and other groups who have provided monetary and in-kind support to the Northern Michigan Lamb # Wool Festival over the past eight years:

And many, many thanks to our vendors, those who took a chance and have stuck with us through the years, as well as those who are new each year. We know that the vendors are the heart and soul of any fiber festival, and we appreciate each and every one of you!

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Thank you for making this yet another fabulous sheep and fiber year!