The 7th National Bluefaced Leicester show has been set for June 22, 23 & 24th, 2018. The venue will be the Black sheep Gathering on the Linn County fairgrounds in Albany Oregon. More information will be posted as details emerge. Please set aside this date, and make plans to join us in 2018!
Just in time for the fall show season, here is a list of tips for getting your BFLs ready for the show ring.
Winner Tracy Seamster of Baltimore MD writes:
About the skein…. The fiber is from Friends in Fiber’s Etsy shop, in colorway Malala (after Malala Yousafzai). I fell in love with the turquoise, and felt fractal spinning would highlight the colors. I started it on an Enid Ashcroft Turkish spindle while on jury duty, then finished it on my Golding Travel wheel. BFL is actually my favorite fiber to spin, so I was really surprised and also humbled by an award for the skein. Photos by Tracy Seamster
These photos are supplied by BLU board member Karen Szewc. For more photos of the individual classes and exhibitors, visit our Facebook Page.
White champion and reserve champion yearling and ram lambs
White champion and reserve champion yearling and ewe lambs
Natural colored champion and reserve champion yearling and ram lambs
Natural colored champion and reserve champion yearling and ewe lambs
2016 National BFL Sheep Show Champions
Blue Faced Leicester – White
Ram – Brenda Lelli – Yearling
Ewe – Ellora Chapin – Yearling
Best Fleece – Ellora Chapin – Yearling Ewe
Premier Exhibitor – Ellora Chapin
Blue Faced Leicester – Black
Ram – Margaret VanCamp – Jr. Ram Lamb
Ewe – Margaret VanCamp – Yearling Ewe
Best Fleece – Margaret VanCamp – Yearling Ewe
Premier Exhibitor – Margaret VanCamp
A complete list of the show placings is attached.
2016 BFL National Show Standings
The official results of the fleece and skein competitions will be posted when received. Photos of the show will be posted when they become available.
by Nancy Starkey
I have been announcing the demos for over 20 years and have been performing in the demos for the past six or seven years. We have used Bluefaced Leicester sheep from my flock in the demos for several years, and they were especially appropriate this year because of the Bluefaced Leicester National Show.
The dogs used in the demonstrations are Working Border Collies. We showcase the natural talent and ability of the dogs and show how they can be an asset to the livestock producer. We also have the dogs work in partnership with the handlers to maneuver the sheep through the various obstacles around the arena.
Photo by Garrett Ramsay
Throughout the demo, we stress that livestock should always be handled in a calm, quiet manner by the dogs. Our goal is for the demonstrations to be enjoyable as well as informative for the crowds.
The Bluefaced Leicester banquet will be at the Timbuktu Restaurant, 1726 Dorsey Rd, Hanover, MD. They have a great menu, and I’m told “anything crab” is excellent! THE BANQUET IS SATURDAY, MAY 7th, AT 7 PM.
As part of the National Bluefaced Leicester Show at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, the Bluefaced Leicester Union will be giving a free demonstration on carding and combing Bluefaced Leicester wool. They will demonstrate the best way to work with beautiful, purly BFL locks and how best to manage the small lock structure through the carding and combing process. Hand cards, combs, and a hackle will be used to show you how to transform your BFL fleece into a preparation ready for spinning or felting. Then you’re welcome to try it yourself. Extra cards and combs will be available. They will also have Bluefaced Leicester fleece for you to try out.