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!
Click here for details.

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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If you were inspired by our #nrvsheepandgoatfestival the other week, then mark your calendars for this event! October 21-24 in Fletcher, NC! We have members participating so you may see some familiar faces and will definitely make some new friends! SouthEastern Animal Fiber Fair ... See MoreSee Less

If you were inspired by our #nrvsheepandgoatfestival the other week, then mark your calendars for this event!  October 21-24 in Fletcher, NC!  We have members participating so you may see some familiar faces and will definitely make some new friends!  SouthEastern Animal Fiber Fair

Don’t know what kind of “better animal health laboratory system” VDACS wants to build, but looks like something we should stay aware of.Attend a listening session to share your thoughts on building a better animal health laboratory system in Virginia. To RSVP, visit surveymonkey.com/r/lab_session. Representatives from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be present to discuss current and future efforts to improve the Regional Animal Health Laboratory System and hear feedback directly from producers. If you are unable to attend a session or would like to provide prior input, visit surveymonkey.com/r/livestock_poultry. The sessions are co-hosted by the Virginia Cattlemen's Association. ... See MoreSee Less

Don’t know what kind of “better animal health laboratory system” VDACS wants to build, but looks like something we should stay aware of.

It’s Monday! Let’s go! ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Ahhhhh so cute!

Your Sunday dose of “Awwww” is brought to you by Laura Beth Parnell’s photo from the #nrvsheepandgoatfestival last week! A “make a sheep” project using locally sourced raw wool! We’d love to see your photos too! ... See MoreSee Less

Your Sunday dose of “Awwww” is brought to you by Laura Beth Parnell’s photo from the #nrvsheepandgoatfestival last week!  A “make a sheep” project using locally sourced raw wool! We’d love to see your photos too!

Comment on Facebook

We had so much fun! Thanks to everyone for an amazing festival! 🐑

The "make a sheep" was a great idea. We loved it!

It is International Coffee Day! You should thank a goat!

Legend has it that coffee was first discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. Kaldi noticed that his goats would become energetic after eating berries from a particular bush and would not sleep at night. Not able to contain his curiosity, he shared his knowledge with the local monastery. Intrigued, the priests decided to brew the berries and make a drink. The beverage they consumed kept them alert and attentive during their long prayers. Knowledge of the berries and their caffeinating powers would spread worldwide.
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It is International Coffee Day!  You should thank a goat!  Legend has it that coffee was first discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. Kaldi noticed that his goats would become energetic after eating berries from a particular bush and would not sleep at night. Not able to contain his curiosity, he shared his knowledge with the local monastery. Intrigued, the priests decided to brew the berries and make a drink.  The beverage they consumed kept them alert and attentive during their long prayers. Knowledge of the berries and their caffeinating powers would spread worldwide.

Comment on Facebook

Can confirm goats love coffee.

Makes sense. They sample everything. Caffeinated goat sounds problematic.

Lindsay Tomlinson

Happy Friday! We know you modeled with sheep and goats last Saturday at our #nrvsheepandgoatfestival! Can we pay you as Harry Styles got paid by Gucci for his modeling with sheep and goats? No - but we are awarding Tractor Supply Co. gift cards to category winners! Show us your best shots! #adoreyou #nogoatsnoglory #ewearebeautiful ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Friday!  We know you modeled with sheep and goats last Saturday at our #nrvsheepandgoatfestival!  Can we pay you as Harry Styles got paid by Gucci for his modeling with sheep and goats?  No - but we are awarding Tractor Supply Co. gift cards to category winners!  Show us your best shots! #adoreyou #nogoatsnoglory #ewearebeautifulImage attachment
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