Sheep Shows and Exhibits


SHEEP DISPLAY: Various breeds of sheep, all raised locally, will be exhibited. Sheep growers will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss sheep raising in Addison County. 4-H youth will be showing their sheep projects and will demonstrate washing and grooming of their sheep for showing. 4-H Clubs from other areas will participate in the activities.

There will be demonstrations of sheep handling and sheep shearing DAILY at 2:00 p.m. except Thursday and Friday (show days).


Friday — 9:00 am.

SUPERINTENDENT: Janelle Ashley, 989-9528,;




  1. Entry fee — $2.00 per class. Enter online. Entries must be returned by Saturday, July 30, 2022.
  2. Exhibitors must provide their own feed. Sawdust & straw are provided.
  3. All animals must arrive on the grounds and be checked for health, registration and class entries between noon and 9:00 pm. on Monday, August 8, 2022. After check in, only scratches can be made. Animals must remain in the grounds until 9:00 pm. on Saturday, August 13, 2022. All animals must be removed by 10:00 am. Sunday, August 15,2021. Exhibitors are responsible for taking down and stacking their own pens and cleaning their area.
  4. Barn Meeting for all exhibitors Tuesday, August 9th at 6:00 pm. in the Show Tent.
  5. HEALTH REGULATIONS: All sheep must be listed on a valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) signed and dated within 30 days of arrival. Official identification and vaccination information must be listed on the CVI. All animals should be in good physical condition and free from open and draining wounds as well as visual evidence of infectious, contagious or parasitic diseases at time of arrival. Animals arriving from out of state must have an import permit. All animals and their accompanying documentation will be examined prior to entering the sheep and goat tent by the superintendent or their designee.Any animals that do not meet the health requirements will not be permitted in the facilities until examined by a veterinarian at which time a determination will be made. Any sheep deemed to be unhealthy by the Judge or Show Superintendent will be barred from exhibition and showing. All sheep older than 4 months must be vaccinated for rabies thirty (30) days prior to August 8, 2022 and must have a certificate to verify the vaccination. All sheep must have scrapie ear tag.
  6. Only registered sheep may enter this show except Market Lamb Class.
  7. Exhibitors may show as many breeds as they can present well, but are limited to two entries per ciass.
  8. Lambs born after January 1, must have all their lamb’s teeth. Lambs born after September 1, shown in Senior Classes, may have dropped the first pair of lamb’s teeth, but not up even with their lamb teeth. Yearlings may not have more than 4 permanent teeth at the time of competition. Dividing date for Senior and Junior lambs is January 1st.
  9. Breeds will be shown separately.
  10. All sheep must be presented appropriately according to breed standards.
  11. Breeders should have farm signs and information on their breed for promotional and educational purposes.
  12. EXHIBITOR AWARDS Saturday, August 13th, 6:00 p.m.


Champion Ram

  1. Yearling Ram - 1 year of age, but under two years
  2. Senior Ram Born on or after September 1, 2021 and before January 1, 2022
  3. Junior Ram Lamb-Born on or after January 1, 2022
  4. Pair of Ram Lambs

    Champion Ewe

  5. Age ewe
  6. Yearling Ewe - 1 year of age, but under two years
  7. Pair of Yearling Ewe
  8. Senior Ewe Lamb-Born on or after September 1, 2021 and before January 1, 2022
  9. Junior Ewe Lamb-Born on or after January 1, 2022
  10. Pair of Ewe Lambs
  11. Daughter/Dam
  12. Flock (1 ram, 3 ewes)

Supreme Champion Ram All Breeds

Supreme Champion Ewe All Breeds

Market Lamb-lamb must be slick shorn and may be divided into light and heavy weight at the discretion of the judge.

Best Fleeced Animal:

One entry per exhibitor, award only top fleece. Natural colored and white wool classes.


#inClass 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
1 $10
2 $10 $8
3 $10 S8 S5
4 $10 $8 $5 $3
5 $12 $10 $8 $5 $3
6 $12 $10 $8 $5 $3 $2
7 $12 $10 $8 $5 $3 $2 $2
8+ $12 $10 $8 $5 $3 $2 $2 $2 $2 $2

All premiums will be presented at the exhibitors meeting at 6:00 pm. on Saturday, August 13,2022. The Superintendent reserves the right to withhold any premium or award to any exhibitor who has not adhered to the rules of the OPEN SHEEP SHOW.

All exhibitors are expected to conduct themselves in a cooperative and respectful manner. The Superintendents reserve the right to ask an exhibitor to leave.

Youth Sheep Promotional Contests

Entry due Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

The purpose of these contests is to provide all youth exhibitors a chance to participate in the Addison County Fields Day, as well as provide displays describing the fun and value of youth sheep projects to the public. There are three diferent contests available for youth to enter. Youth are not limited in the number of entries.

  1. Photo Contest – All photographs must be taken by the youth making the entry. One entry/exhibitor. Entries may be black and white or color photos. Photos measuring 5x7 minimum: 8x10 maximum. Entries should be labeled with a short identifying caption on the front. All photos must be matted and in a plastic sleeve, no frames please.
  2. Ad Layout Contest-Develop an Advertisement promoting your sheep project, sheep products or sheep industry. Do not use any commercial or brand names, including farm names in your ad. (Think of this as developing a full-page ad on your sheep project for a national magazine or flyer to distribute to the public at the fair.) Finished advertisements should fit on paper size 8 1/2” x 11”.
  3. Poster Contest- Youth may use pictures, drawings, photographs, charts and words to promote one aspect of sheep production, management or showmanship-such as barn safety, proper animal nutrition, why people pick a specifc breed, etc. Posters should make people stop, read and remember.
  4. These contests are open to all youth in the following age groups: Junior age 8-12; Intermediate/Senior age 13-21.
  5. Exhibitor name, address, age as of January 1, 2022 and contest entered must be attached to the BACK of each entry.
  6. Copyrighted material, such as the Peanuts Cartoon characters, etc., and commercial signs, materials, or pictures promoting specifc companies, farm names or products, may not be used.
  7. Entries should have wires or strings attached for hanging. If no other means are provided, staples will be used to display entries.
  8. All entries must be received by 8:00 a.m. Tuesday,August 9, 2022 and picked up Saturday, August 13th, 2022 after 9:00 p.m.
  9. Champions will be given in each age group in the three contests. Also, a “Public Choice Award” in each overall contest will be chosen by fairgoers during Addison County Field Days, votes will be tallied and awarded on Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at the Awards Potluck at 6:00 p.m


Saturday - 3:00pm at the sheep show tent

The purpose of this class is to provide an opportunity to promote wool garments and sheep to the public. Classes:

  • Novice (8 and under or 1st year)
  • Junior(9—12)
  • Seniors(13—18)
  • Adult(19 and over)
  1. Participants need not be involved in a sheep project. A training session in sheep will be given before the show.
  2. Garment must be at least 70 percent wool, may be purchased or homemade.
  3. Contestant must be able to set pose with a well mannered sheep for the judge.
  4. All contestants must bring the pattern envelope if they sewed or knitted their own garment
  5. Extra points for garment if it is homemade.
  6. Register online at Janelle Ashley, 33 North Main Street, Whiting, VT 05778 Tel. 989-9528
  7. Submit commentaries for judges by Saturday, August 13, 2022.


Saturday 10:30-11:30am Entry forms due by July 30.

The purpose of this contest is to allow contestants the opportunity to show his or her ability and skills at preparing a sheep for show. Judging will be based on teamwork, blocking and trimming ability, technique (i.e. patience gentleness) in handling a sheep which has not been handled before.Technique is using various pieces of trim equipment, and the ability to fnd and accentuate the good qualities of a sheep.

  1. Sheep will be assigned by a random drawing of numbers.
  2. Senior (18-21 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2022), Intermediate (13-17 years) and Junior (8-12 years) classes.
  3. The oldest team member determines the age class in which the team will participate. Teams consist of two contestants only.
  4. Untrimmed sheep will be provided. The trimming of feet is not part of contest.
  5. Contestants handling sheep in a manner which might harm the sheep will be disqualifed.
  6. During the contest, every team is given one hour to prepare and ft the animal for show. Each team must provide their own stand and equipment. Electric clippers are permitted; one pair of clippers per team is allowed. Judging will directly follow the hour of trimming time.
  7. No opened-toe shoes are allowed during this contest!
  8. Safety is key factor for both animal and contestants. Adults may assist youth only when preparing ring and clearing equipment or when there is a safety issue.
  9. Animals will be fit as meat sheep


Twist O’ Wool Guild, which has met regularly since 1979 in the Middlebury area, occupies a tent next to the Antique Equipment area. There will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, knitting & crocheting from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout fair week. Exhibits of handspun yarn and fnished articles will be on display. Guild members will be available to answer any questions you may have concerning working with any fbers - animal or vegetable!

The Twist O’ Wool Guild is a non-proft, educational, spinning and weaving organization which meets on the frst Thursday of each month September through June at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Wilson Road (behind G. Stone Motors) of Route 7 South in Middlebury. For more information, contact Peggy Lyons at 545-5966