Welcome to the 15th Annual

Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival

The Friendliest Little Fiber Festival Around!

Ogemaw County Fairgrounds, near West Branch, Michigan

Lat: N44 16.123'   Long: W084 03.904'

Sheep Shearing School on Friday, September 26, 2014

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

All classes are still open! Deadline has been extended to September 1st. You can also sign up at the festival, but that doesn't guarantee your slot in the class you want to take.

Classes are back! New Workshop Chair Kelly Shively (yes, the one who sings and plays music at our festival) has lined up some perennial favorites and some brand-new classes for us this year. Thanks, Kelly! See our class page for the current schedule.

handspun yarns for sale
handspun yarns for sale

handmade soaps and lotions
so much more than just fiber to be discovered here!

As new volunteers come in, "old" ones retire. We're sorry to lose Teresa Harrison as Hospitality Chair. She built Hospitality from scratch ten years ago, creating a warm, wooly, and welcoming place to enjoy fiber chat, shows, demos, and contests. She built an able team, however, and Suzy Ivan has stepped up to take over. Our thanks to both ladies for their unstinting support!

That dynamic duo, Julie Hurd and Linda Van Andel, who have been our Promotions Chairs for many years, have also decided to step down. They came up with creative ways to promote the festival to the entire state, and fun logo items to purchase and promote the festival that way as well. Thank you! If you're interested in managing either or both aspects of Promotions, please contact Holly at holly@shaltzfarm.com to let her know.

They just don't come any friendlier than this! There's always someone around to give advice, demonstrate techniques, or just sit and chat for a while about fiber - our favorite!

Be sure to let us know if you'd be interested in joining our family as a volunteer to help before, during, or after the festival. Many hands make light work - not to mention loads of fun!

vendor and volunteer ready to help you
vendor Loni Blissett with volunteer Jeanie Prentice, ready to help visitors

If you'd like to learn more about fiber, check out the new knitting club that volunteers Jeanie Prentice and Beth Grabow have started in West Branch. It meets every other Thursday at the Tanger Outlet Mall Lounge from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Bring your knitting/crochet/spinning project for a fun and relaxing evening with other crafters. We are open to all ages and abilities. Beginners are welcome - we can teach you to knit. Contact us for a supply list.

For more information, email Elizabeth at nmlwf@yahoo.com or phone Jeanie, 989 345 2434.




Shearing School


Sheep & Pasture Seminars



Festival Committee

History & Highlights

Location & Accommodations

Registration Forms

Contact Us

Useful Links

colorful fibers to spin
one of many displays of colorful fibers to spin for your projects

Important note: No pets except working aid dogs allowed on the fairgrounds.

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Thank you for making this yet another fabulously friendly fiber festival!