National Show Skein and Fiber Art photos

A view of the vendor booth in the Great Lakes Fiber Show. The booth was available for all BLU members to sell their wares.





Some of the skeins entered in the competition at the national show.




In the foreground is the champion skein, a plyed laceweight 100% BFL yarn spun by Christina Kurk.

The champion fiber art, a sweater knitted by Christina Kurk

Scenes from the National Show – Fiber Events

Kelly Ward explaining  how to fit a BFL for show.

Carol Densmore demonstrating how to process a BFL fleece for spinning.   In the background are some of the photo contest entries.


Kelly Ward, Letty Klein, and Anne Bisdorf discussing fiber art and skein competition placings.

Letty Klein, judging the BFL fleece competition

National Show Awards

These are the awards for the champions in all divisions: CH Ram, CH Ewe, Breeders Flock, Best Headed, CH Skein, CH Fiber Art, CH Fleece, People’s Choice Photo. They will be awarded tonight at the BFL banquet at TJ’s Restaurant in Wooster, OH.
Plates are cobalt glass, engraved with the National Show logo, with a brass plate listing the sponsors of the award.
Here are the sponsors of the awards for the national show. A BIG thank you for making these lovely awards possible!

CHAMPION RAM sponsored by
Ambercroft Farms
Pitchfork Ranch
CHAMPION EWE sponsored by
Wool n Wood Farm
Cross Wind Farm
BREEDERS FLOCK sponsored by
Ward Farms
BEST HEAD sponsored by
Tumble Creek Farm
Somerhill Farm
CHAMPION FLEECE sponsored by
Bitterroot Ranch
Sheep Camp Wool Mill
Cranberry Moon
Breezy Meadows Farm
CHAMPION YARN sponsored by
Potosi Sheep Farm
Wind Dance Ranch
Cedar Fen Farm

2012 National Show Fleece Competition

The forms are available online now. Click on the “About BLU” dropdown box above, then on the “National Show Info”. You can download/print the  contest forms.  Please share these with all interested parties!  The Sheep Show forms will be available soon – just working out the “bugs” in the rules section.

Yarn, Fiber Arts and Photography contest forms

The forms are available online now. Click on the “About BLU” dropdown box above, then on the “National Show Info”. You can download/print the 3 contest forms. Please share these with all interested parties!


Robina and Maddi - reserve champion ewe overall

Clackamas Co Fairgrounds, Canby, Oregon
September 24-25, 2011
By Robina Koenig

Another Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival has come and gone and fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. The temps are chilly at home now as I reflect on the last show of 2011 in our area. Half of the sheep show is a fiber show, not a breed show, so the Blues show in group classes of whites or natural colors (long/coarse and fine/medium) and in another ring they show the primitives.

The white longwool classes showed Romneys and BFLs. I did not have an opportunity to see the other classes as I had a vendor booth next to my sheep in the barn, and buyer traffic was heavy this year.

There were three BFL breeders showing–Gilkeson Family Farm, OR; Bitterroot Ranch, MT; and Tumble Creek Farm, OR. Nancy Gilkeson was not able to attend but her daughter Kristie showed a white ewe and a natural colored ram. I missed seeing Nancy but Kristie was great fun and I enjoyed getting to know her better. Judy Colvin brought two white BFL rams and two percentage Gotland ewes as it was the regional show for the Gotlands. I showed one white ram and two white ewes and brought home the Reserve Grand Champion on one of the ewes.

The weather kept us guessing with hot and humid on Friday, very warm on Saturday, drizzle Sunday morning turning to a torrential rain storm lasting 10 minutes on Sunday afternoon following a good rolling clap of thunder. Everyone ran for cover so Judy and I, out touring the outdoor vendors, headed for the T-shirt canopy then a warm cup of coffee. Good show, good memories.