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Fleece Sale & Show

Wool and Oh So Much More…

We should have a wide variety of fleeces for sale, including various breeds of Sheep, Mohair, Alpaca, Llama and more.

Friday, March 10, 2023      10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, March 11, 2023   9 am – 5 pm

New for 2023 – We are having a Fleece SHOW!

 Directions for entering below.


To Consign Fleeces


If entering fleece in the Fleece Competition, please see additional Fleece Competition Rules.

    1. A handling fee will be charged for each fleece: $3.00  per fleece if registered on line by March 4, 2023.  $5 per fleece if registered after March 4 on day of sale. The registration fee is non-refundable and must be paid at time of registration. 
    2. Online Registration will cease operation at 11:00 pm March 4, 2023. After March 4, registration must occur onsite and increased fee of $5/fleece will apply.
    3. The number of fleeces entered is limited to 15 fleeces per person/farm.
    4. Fleeces may be delivered Thursday March 9, 2023 from 2 pm until 7:00 pm or Friday March 10, 2023 from 8 am to 10 am.
    5. The fleece sale hours are 10 am – 6 pm on Friday March 10 and 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday March 11, 2023.
    6. Fleeces must be in clear or white undamaged plastic bags. (Clear bags if in Fleece Competition.)
    7. Fleeces must be marked with an individual fleece tag indicating farm information, washed or unwashed status, if entered in Fleece Competition, and other related information. Information tags should be downloaded and accompany each fleece.
    8. Entrants may place promotional materials in with a fleece, and are encouraged to do so.
    9. Fleeces should be skirted to remove manure tags, and be free of excessive vegetable matter, second cuts, and pests. We reserve the right to reject any fleece deemed unsuitable for processing as presented.
    10. Please make copies of your paperwork to help you remember what you brought.
    11. Fleece bags should be left open for display.
    12. Fleeces may also be entered in the Fleece Competition – optional and no additional charge. They must be received by 7:00 pm Thursday March 9, 2023 to be eligable.  Judging of the Fleece Competition will commence after 7 pm Thursday. Please see additional Fleece Competition Rules.
    13. Fleeces must be picked up from 3-5 on Saturday March 11, 2023. Any fleeces left after that time become the property of Carolina FiberFest. 
    14. Carolina FiberFest is not responsible for lost, missing or damaged fleeces.
    15. Money collected for fleece sales will be paid by check and mailed to the consigner within three weeks after the Festival ends.


CFF Fleece SHOW – NEW IN 2023 – (Optional)
  1. Participation is optional. There is no additional entry fee for the competition.
  2. Only fleeces entered in the Fleece Sale are eligible to participate.  Only unwashed fleeces will be judged.
  3. Fleeces must be delivered by 7 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2023 to participate in Fleece Show.
  4. Fleeces require no additional preparation than what is needed for the Fleece Sale. Alpaca fleeces should not be noodled.
    1. Fleeces should be properly skirted, free of excessive vegetable matter, manure tags, second cuts and pests.
    2. Alpaca fleece may contain corresponding seconds, but they should be bagged separately inside the regular fleece. Seconds only will not be accepted.
    3. If possible, each fleece should be folded, rolled with the shorn side out, starting from the britch and rolling forward toward the shoulder.
    4. Each fleece should be placed in a clear plastic bag.
  5. Entered fleeces will be judged on the basis of hand-spinning quality and character; stressing cleanliness, strength and uniformity.
  6. Divisions:

Division 1:   White Wool

  • Class W1– Fine Wool – Under 26 microns – Merino, Rambouillet, Targhee, Corriedale, Finn, CVM and similar crossbreds.
  • Class W2– Down or Medium Wool – 26-33 microns- Hampshire, Dorset, Suffolk, Texel, Cheviot and similar crossbreds.
  • Class W3-Long Wool – 30-42 microns- Romney, Leicester, Lincoln, Cotswold, Wensleydale and similar crossbreds.
  • Class W4-Specialty- 18-42 microns – Karakul, Jacob, Icelandic, Shetland, Churro and similar crossbreeds

Division 2:   Colored Wool

  • Class C1– colored fine wool
  • Class C2 – colored down or medium wool
  • Class C3 – colored long wool
  • Class C4 – colored specialty

Division 3:  Alpaca

  • Class A1 – Huacaya Alpaca
  • Class A2 – Suri Alpaca

Division 4  Misc.

  • Class M1– Any other fleece not previously listed (mohair, llama, pygora etc.)
  1. Each fleece may be entered in only one class.
  2. Classes must have at least three (3) fleeces entered by at least 2 producers in order to be judged. Classes may be combined if necessary to meet this requirement. Maximum of 3 fleeces per class allowed per producer. Wool Fleeces should be entered in classes based on wool characteristics and fineness (micron count).
  3. Ribbons will be given in each class. Champion and Reserve will be awarded to the best in each division.
  4. Fleece Acceptance: The Fleece Sale Manager reserves the right to pull from the Show or Sale any fleeces with rot, breaks, pests, felting or other serious problems at any time during the show. We also reserve the right to arrange, group, and re-class fleece as appropriate and necessary. We also reserve the right to notate sales tag for any discovered observations and outright pull any fleece from the show for any reason without refund.
  5. The Judge or Superintendent may disqualify any fleece from the show. Explanation will be noted.
  6. Classes may be formed, eliminated or combined and awards given at the discretion of the judge.
Please be sure to mark on the Fleece Sale Entry Form if you want your fleece judged in this competition.

Benefits of Wool

Natural & Renewable
Strong & Durable
Blends Well with other fibers
Dyes Easily
Hand-Washable or Dry-Clean
Flame Resistant

Wool is one of the easiest, most versatile and popular fibers to spin.

There are many different breeds of sheep, and each offers a different type of fleece (wool). The main classifications are fine wool, medium / crossbred wool, and long wool.  Each comes in a variety of colors, lengths, crimp/curls, and textures.


Shepherd’s Gate Fiber Mill

Shepherd’s Gate Fiber Mill
will be on hand to take any fleeces that you want processed.

Alesia Moore
Dan & Ann Payne, 
110 Boardwalk Dr.
Youngsville, NC 27596