We're having our 4th annual Fiber Fleece Sale this year (June 11 & 12, 2016) at the CNY Fiber Festival in Bouckville, NY. AND, it will run again for TWO days. If you are a fiber enthusiast who can help, contact June Preston by email (see below).
Only members of the CNY Fiber Artists and Producers are again allowed to sell fiber at this sale. If you are not already a member of our organization, make sure to go to the Membership webpage and join up.
Typically a fleece sale sells raw sheep fleeces only but we recognize that our producers raise more than one fiber animal species. Therefore, we allow producers to sell raw fiber from sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, or any other fiber animal. Each producer may sell up to a total of 10 bags fleece/fiber. This is a sale only; no fiber will be judged. If you aren't sure about how to pick out a specific fleece for a project, are just learning about the different types of fiber, or have some questions about skirting or washing the fleece, our volunteers will help you out.
The entry fee for the sale is STILL only $3.00 per fleece/bag of fiber, with no additional percentage charged as a sales commission. Fiber will be accepted on Friday June 10th from 2pm-6pm for your convenience. The sale on Saturday will run from 10am-5pm and on Sunday from 10am-3:30pm. Fiber that is unsold may be picked up after the sale on Sunday from 3:30-5pm.
The 2016 specific directions for labeling fleeces are posted here. The 2016 Fiber/Fleece Sale Tags are up on the website here. Registration in the sale does have to be made on-line--the 2016 form is here. This year, we are adding a place on a tag so if you are a vendor, your booth location will also be noted. That lets the sale staff know where to find you should they have questions. NOTE: Once you make your on-line entries, you have up to the last day of when on-lines entries are being accepted to make changes (with the committee's permission) but NOT after that date.
Our committee has to base their sale planning on those entries and later changes really wreck havoc with those plans. We want your fiber sales to go smoothly for everyone so Thanks for understanding.
On-line entries will be accepted from April 10th and thru June 4th at midnight. (Forms may come up slowly so please have patience.) The only exceptions MAY be if there is space in that specific fiber category so get your entry in before the June 4th deadline please. All sale fiber must be dropped off at the festival grounds for display on Friday, June 10th from 2-6pm as noted above. ALL unclaimed fiber as of Sunday June 12 after 5 pm, becomes the property of CNY Fiber Artists and Producers.
Our goal is to provide the consumer with beautiful, healthy, clean fiber. To that end, the committee will screen all fleeces upon entry. Decision of the sale managers is final. Note also that unlike a conventional fleece sale, our sale allows the seller to determine the quantity of fiber to be sold per bag. For example, the seller may have shorter neck fibers from multiple alpacas in one bag that would be perfect for felting, and the prime blanket of each alpaca (better suited for spinning into lace yarns) in separate bags. Therefore, the prices of each of these bags of quality fiber will likely vary.
Fiber entered for sale must be: well skirted, in clear plastic bags large enough to accommodate the entire fleece or fiber entry, not tied, and not heavily contaminated with vegetable matter or other debris. Fiber in this state is not eligible for inclusion in the sale.
Questions about the requirements of the 2016 Fleece Sale should be emailed to June Preston at prestonsalpacas at yahoo dot com.