Date: 09/24/2022, 9am – 4pm

Event Address: 

Thee Draper Village At Merc Farms
2980 Brown Road,
Draper, VA 24324

Directions: Take Route 81 to exit 92 in Draper and follow the signs.

Photo Contest: We’re having a photo contest that’s open to everyone!
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About:

Last year’s First Annual Festival was a huge success – far surpassing our expectations, and we’re ready to do it again!

This year features over 30 Breeds of Sheep and Goats on Display!  Talk to the people who raise them!

Watch Sheep Shearing Demos!  Goat Shearing Demos!   Hoof Trimming Demos!  Goat Milking Demos!  Yarn Spinning Demos!  Educational Booths!

How about Dog Trials?!?  Watch highly trained dogs herd the sheep!

Seventeen Club Members will be selling their hand-crafted creations – Goat Milk Soaps & Lotions, all sorts of woolen creations and kits for you to take home and try yourself!  Meats and cheeses!  Artwork and Jewelry!  Farm-themed Home Decor!

The kiddos won’t want to miss the Petting Zoo, Photo Booth and Fall Activities Tent with Pumpkin painting and crafts to do!  Purple Lamb Hunt – can you find all three purple lambs?  We are putting together a Straw Bale Maze and will have Story Telling Hour with the Three Billy Goats Gruff and copies of the book for kids to take home!

Live Music throughout the day!  Multiple Food Stations with a variety of menu items prepared by the Merc Chefs!  Our Spinning Wheel of Prizes is bigger and better than last year!

All of this is free to the public!  Many thanks to Thee Draper Village at Merc Farms and our Corporate Sponsors for helping us put this day of fun and education together for you – See EWE there!!!!!!!

Meet Our Sponsors!

Welcome

The New River Valley Sheep & Goat Club was established in August of 2014.

We are a network of sheep and goat producers dedicated to promoting, advocating for, and growing the number of sheep and goats in the mountains of rural Southwest Virginia, as well as nearby regions of North Carolina and West Virginia.

At this time, we boast over 250 Member Farms, totaling almost 600 individual members. Our members understand the importance and value of sheep and goats to the economic health of our communities and agricultural diversity of our communities, as well as our responsibility to educate the general public regarding issues related to farming, working with animals, and rural economic development.

Our Mission, Our Responsibility

Support our Sheep and Goat Farmers: We feel a strong responsibility to support our members, including those who are established producers of sheep and goats, but also to guide and encourage our young members and those who represent our future generations. Our mission is to provide that support wherever possible and to also provide a united sense of community among our member producers. Our sheep and goat producers generate many benefits to our communities that are provided by the raising of sheep and goats on our hillsides and the NRV Sheep and Goat Club is here to help.

Support our Artisan Members: One vital part of our organization are our artisan members, those of our members who use their artistic skills to create many unique and specialized handcrafted products. Our talented member artisans create products such as fiber arts (including handspun yarns, knitted and felted items, and wearable art and clothing), goat milk and other soaps, and lotions.

Preserve our Culture: We are also respectful of the fact that thousands of years of raising sheep and goats as part of man’s agricultural practices have provided many of the ingredients necessary to allow us to survive, prosper, and live a more comfortable life.

Interested in joining the club? Click here.

Club Newsletters!

Keep up with the club with our quarterly newsletter!

Why Join?

  • Become a part of our network of Sheep and Goat producers: Together we can help educate, inform, and this build a strong sheep and goat industry in Southwest Virginia. We welcome all aspects of the sheep and goat industry, including  all meat, milk, and fiber breeds as well as derived products, such as pelts, fleece, fiber, and health and beauty products and individuals who keep sheep and goats just for pets.
  • Access our Member Directory; Find help, knowledge, and resources through our members. We list information about breeds and specialties of each of our members. An additional benefit of being a club member is, your farm will be included in our directory.
  • Participate in Exclusive Events, Festivals, and Sales: We assist in marketing our members sheep & goats, generally our members receive higher prices through collectively shipping larger loads. Also, we organize trips to festivals and hold educational meetings!

Club News

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Another talented club member, Sweet Tree Hill Farm, making your craft and holiday shopping easier! ... See MoreSee Less

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We have been highlighting this upcoming issue for over a year - and we will keep bringing it to your attention so you and your farm are ready by June 2023.Did You Know: The FDA has announced that all medically important antimicrobials will move from over-the-counter to prescription only as of June 2023. Make sure you have a relationship established with a veterinarian before June 2023. Read more at www.sheepusa.org/fda-guidance-ending-over-the-counter-antibiotics ... See MoreSee Less

We have been highlighting this upcoming issue for over a year - and we will keep bringing it to your attention so you and your farm are ready by June 2023.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our Club members "Farm to You" product sales. As club member, Green Mountain Farm, shows, buying local is an important way to support your community and your local farmers and artisans. #nrvsheepandgoatfestival ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our Club members Farm to You product sales.   As club member, Green Mountain Farm, shows, buying local is an important way to support your community and your local farmers and artisans. #nrvsheepandgoatfestivalImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Many thanks to Bottomley's Evergreens & Farms. for all the beautiful pumpkins. If you wondered how we got those pumpkins unloaded from the truck to the ground/tables - the answer is "one at a time"! There was no fork lift around, so every one of those pumpkins were hand carried/tossed (or as you can see, in the best of farming traditions, a game was made of the work). Nolley Wood Farm Country Heart #nrvsheepandgoatfestival ... See MoreSee Less

Many thanks to Bottomleys Evergreens & Farms. for all the beautiful pumpkins.  If you wondered how we got those pumpkins unloaded from the truck to the ground/tables - the answer is one at a time!  There was no fork lift around, so every one of those pumpkins were hand carried/tossed (or as you can see, in the best of farming traditions, a game was made of the work). Nolley Wood Farm Country Heart #nrvsheepandgoatfestivalImage attachmentImage attachment

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We had a lot of fun moving the pumpkins!!! The kids are still talking about it and ready to help next year!!!

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