Fairbault Woolen Mill Tour ~ leaving 7:00 am
from the Brookings Days Inn.
We will enjoy some entertaining speakers & videos during the ride over & back, and our highlight will be to see the historic Faribault Woolen Mill. You will get to see first hand where the SDSU Signature Wool blankets and scarves were created from SD wool ~ from clean wool to finished product ~ with the mill in full production mode!
Tour participants will each receive discount coupons to use in the mill store. Enjoy refreshments, lunch & fun during the trip.
“Night at the Museum” ~ 5:30 pm. South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of lamb appetizers, assorted goodies, and social time at the SD Agricultural Heritage Museum. The current displays are: “The Unspun Tale: Sheep in SD” and “Barley to Barrel: Science and History of Brewing in SD”. The family-friendly social will also feature activities for the younger crowd. Unique hand-crafted wool items using SDSU Wool Project fabric or yarn will be on display during the social ~ and everyone will have a chance to bid on them during the evening auction. All proceeds from the challenge auction will be donated to the SDSU Signature Wool Project scholarship fund!
Check out the SDSU/SDSGA Signature Wool Challenge contest and be one of the fiber artists to hand-craft an item for the auction. Complete rules and entry blank are on the MIWW page.
Join us on a “bonus tour” Sunday morning to the Larry & Susan Holler operation just north of Brookings ~ and see a first-hand demonstration of the Shearwell Data system for animal identification & management. You can enjoy coffee and goodies before you say goodbye and head home!
NEW ~ Shepherd's Shuffle 5K & Fun Run
Join us early Saturday morning for our first ever SDSGA Convention race! Enter the 5K Run, 1 mile Fun Run/Walk or the 3 mile Relay ~ free t-shirts and “Farm to Feet” wool running socks for the first 150 registered. The 1st place male and female in the 5K will each receive a “sock drawer makeover” valued at over $200 complements of Farm to Feet socks. Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD project. Easy registration on-line at allsportcentral.com or print off the entry page here.
SD State Finals
The SD state finals for the “Make It With Wool” contest will be held on Saturday during the SDSGA convention ~ off-site this year at the Mission Coffeehouse at First Lutheran Church in Brookings. We are excited to offer an afternoon workshop with Designer Joi: “Wool ~ A Touch of Style”. Participants will learn special techniques for working with wool fabric & fitting. Everyone will go home with a fantastic swag bag, and one lucky person will win a fantastic grand prize drawing!
MIWW judging will be held during the morning, lunch & workshop in the afternoon, and MIWW winners & prizes announced at the evening banquet.
“Fleece to Shawl” Contest
Teams will be working from 9 am to 5 pm to complete a shawl from SD wool. Each shawl will be auctioned on Saturday night prior to the banquet at the social hour. Area fiber guilds will host fun “hands-on” wool activities
for both kids and adults during the morning.
*We will have an on-going trade show on Saturday, and opportunities for producers to network with others and meet with industry leaders from the region.
The Days Inn Hotel & Convention Center in
Brookings, SD will be the main location for the
2017 SDSGA Annual Convention.
Days Inn - 692-9471 (40 rooms/$99.00 - until 9/8)
Ask for the SDSGA block when reserving your room.
There are many other motels very close to the
convention site, with variable rates too ~ reserve
early for best choices.
SD Sheep Growers Association
GENERAL CONVENTION INFORMATION:
MARY HELD ~ 605-690-7032
PATTY DEZEEUW ~ 605-690-5639
MIWW & DESIGNER JOI WORKSHOP
IDA MARIE SNORTELAND ~ 605-642-5123
ANN HANSEN ~ 605-695-2250
PATTY DEZEEUW ~ 605-690-5639
SHEPHERD’S SHUFFLE 5K & FUN RUN:
SUSAN HOLLER ~ 605-695-9478
MINA DOERNER ~ 605-651-9530
SD SHEEPGROWERS ASSOCIATION
RUFUS DEZEEUW ~ 605-690-8269
DR. JEFF HELD ~ 605-690-7033
Complete convention schedule & registration forms
- see links above.
Follow us on Facebook: SD Make It With Wool
or South Dakota Sheep Growers Association