29th Annual event is October 3 and 4
Fun for the whole family awaits in Dixon, CA on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 – 4, 2015. Less than a half-hour from Sacramento and one hour from most Bay Area locations.
At the Dixon May Fair grounds you will be treated to the Lambtown Festival, with sheepdog trials, a Lamb Barbecue, Fiber Fair and 160 vendors selling everything from fresh farmstead cheese, honey and lamb, to handcrafted yarns, clothing, fair trade items, jewelry, soaps and fibers. This is a farm to fork event.
Entertainment is a free Bluegrass festival all day both days – plus the renowned Dixon High Jazz Band playing Sunday morning at 9 am.
Kids will find pony rides, a petting zoo, free activities at many booths and a barn full of over 18 different breeds of sheep. Other events will amaze while teaching the skills that shepherds use everyday while producing the lamb and wool we use in our daily lives. These include shearing competitions, sheep competitions, sheepdog trials, spinning, knitting, felting and weaving.
As a bonus there will be a tailgate party for the guys (and gals) at the beer garden and stage, with big screen TVs to watch the football games all day Saturday and Sunday. Listen to great bands, eat delicious food from the food vendors and share a beer, wine or Margarita with your best bud.
Free WiFi is being provided by Wave Broadband.
Kids being treated for cancer will benefit from a “Brave Beanies” collection at Lambtown. Anyone who drops off a beanie may enter a free drawing.
Many youth groups will participate in Lambtown including: Future Farmers of America (FFA); 4-H; Grange; Air Force Junior ROC; Dixon High Jazz Band, toys for Tots and Coats for Kids. and others. The Dixon Historical Society will have a display and information about or community’s past – and plans to establish a museum.
The annual festival draws scores of talented and intense competitors for sheep and fiber related contests. Wool spinners ply their craft as part of the National Spinning Competition. There is also a Sheep-to-Shawl event with teams working to turn raw wool into a finished garment in a matter of hours.
Both Professionals and Novices compete for honor – and cash prizes – in the sheep shearing competition.
The Redwood Empire Sheep Dog Association runs the annual Sheep Dog Trials at Lambtown. These trials are professional judged and earn participants national rankings.
The Sheep Show, run by Dr. Nancy Burns, will include dozens of sheep competing in numerous judged categories. Also for cash prizes and coveted rankings.
The BBQ Lamb Cook-off will be “double-blind” judged by a panel of regional celebrities.
A Skeins and Textile Show is attracting many talented fiber artists to enter their items for competition. Growers are entering their wool, alpaca, cashmere and angora bunny fiber into the Wool and Fine Fiber Show. Many of the winners will be available for purchase.Experienced craft wool processors are entering dozens of samples, also to be judged by professionals in the field.
If you’d like to learn these crafts, there are fiber classes and workshops available.
The 29th Annual Dixon Lambtown Festival is the first weekend in October – Saturday and Sunday October 3 & 4. Gates open both days at 9:00 am. General Admission is only $5, with youth 13 & under free. Active Military, FFA, Grange and 4-H members in uniform or with insignia are also admitted free.
For detailed information go to: lambtown.org