To the NH Sheep & Wool Festival Committee, Vendors, Educators, Presenters, and Patrons,
Bringing sheep and wool producers, fiber artists, young shepherds and the public together has been at the heart of the work of the NHSWGA. Our annual NH Sheep & Wool Festival is the embodiment of the mission that we all hold dear. The appearance of the coronavirus/COVID19 in this state has presented all of us with some new challenges and I am writing to let you know about the Board’s decision to cancel this year’s Festival.
It is with deep sadness, and after much thoughtful discussion, that we have unanimously voted to cancel the NH Sheep & Wool Festival for 2020.
We owe a debt of gratitude to our wonderful festival committee members. They have worked hard to put together an outstanding program that will now be put on hold until 2021. I know that they will gather their forces and their strength of dedication and come back even more determined for a fantastic festival in 2021.
To our vendors, we will be offering you the option to leave your deposit with us for your place in the 2021 festival or a full refund. We know that this decision puts many of you in a precarious place financially, and it was your interest that weighed on us most heavily. We will support you in any way we can. Please reach out with your suggestions and ideas.
We would like to thank the many people that had agreed to teach, demonstrate, judge, and share their love of sheep, wool and fiber. We so hope you will be available in 2021. We need your expertise and your support.
To our members and patrons, we know that many of you will be disappointed in this decision. Our Festival is a great event. Please know it was thoughtfully considered. We look forward to welcoming you to the Deerfield fairgrounds in May of 2021 to the best festival ever.
We are offering you two options - roll your prepaid booth space from 2020 into 2021 or receive a full refund for your booth space(s). Please email me back with how you want to proceed. I need to know what your plans are by April 20, 2020. I will be sending a mass list to the treasurer with refunds to be processed. Our hope is to have any refunds processed within 30 days of April 20th.
In regards to advertising, same options - full refund or roll over into 2021; I will work with you when we get closer to the 2021 festival are up to date and correct.
Please email me with your choices. I hope to see you all in 2021 at NH's Sheep and Wool Festival.