The 27th Annual Dixon Lambtown Festival - on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6 – will offer lots of fun, food, and fascinating competition the whole family can enjoy.
The festival will be at the Dixon fairgrounds. Activities start at both days at 10 am and continue until 6 pm. General admission is $3.00; kids 5 and under just $1.00; Active Duty Military also is just $1.00. All the details are on-line at: Lambtown.org.
There will be lots of Craft and other Vendors; Food Booths featuring a wide variety of Lamb dishes, as well as fun carnival food. Lamb rids, lamb burger slides, BBQ pulled lamb sandwiches, lamb kabobs, oriental lamb rice bowls, and lamb lumpia are just some of the varieties that will be offered.
Kids’ activities will include bounce houses, rock climbing; bungee swing (with all day wrist band passes available) as well as face painting and other fun events. The Dixon 4-H clubs are bringing project animals that kids can pet. Pony rides will also be available.
More kids’ activities are being lined up and will be announced once they are confirmed.
Adults will enjoy the two days of professional Sheep Dog trials. The qualifying rounds will be on Saturday, with the Championship finals on Sunday.
Free Cooking Demonstrations sponsored by Superior Farms will be presented in Denverton Hall every two hours both days featuring expert chefs.
Both expert and amateur BBQ Chefs will compete in the annual BBQ Lamb Cook-off on Saturday. There grills are lit at 10 am, with judging between 2 and 4 pm. (There is still time to enter the Cook-Off. See the ad on the back page.)
Antique agricultural engines will be on hand huffing and puffing, whistling and spinning their wheels.
There will also be another type of spinning wheels – that turn wool into yarn. Experienced spinners will demonstrate the process and also engage in a spinning competition. Then there is the “Sheep to Shawl” contest on Saturday in which teams turn raw wool into yarn, dye it, and knit a complete shawl in one day.
A Fiber Fair will include judging of fleece and processed fiber – much of which will be offered for sale. Wool and Mohair will be judged on Saturday. Fine Fibers: cashmere, alpaca and angora will be judged on Sunday.
Classes and demonstrations of wool processing will be held both days, and are open to the public.
The Sheep Shearing competition on Saturday will include both professional and novice competitors.
Local and regional artists will be exhibiting their works, and offering them for sale both days in Denverton Hall.
There will be music and dancing both days – on the Garden Stage, including:
Saturday, October 5
- 10 am – Opening Ceremonies and Dixon Veterans Color Guard.
- 10:15 am - The Vaca Valley Ramblers Square Dancing with audience participation.
- 11:45 am to 1:30 pm – The USAF Jazz Ensemble – Band of the Golden West
- 2:00 pm to 3:45 – Sister Swing.
- 4:00 to 6 pm – the Terry Sheets Band
Sunday, October 6
- 10:00 to 11:45 am – The Fearless Gemstones – Folk and Blue Grass. They will also “Troubadour” around the grounds and in the buildings from noon to 2:00 pm
- Noon to 1:45 pm – “Blessed Be”
- 2:00 to 3:45 pm – the Dixon High School Jazz Band
- 4:00 to 6:00 pm – Living Hope Band
- The stage and sound are sponsored by Woodland HealthCare.
- The Terry Sheets Band is sponsored by California Water Service.
- Featured events of the Festival include:
- BBQ Lamb Cook-Off, Sponsored by Superior Farms;
- Free Cooking Demonstrations also sponsored by Superior Farms;
- Sheep Dog Trials, professional and novice, sponsored by American Livestock Magazine;
- Fiber Fair – wool and mohair on Saturday, Fine Fibers (cashmere, alpaca and angora) on Sunday. Sponsored in part by Dana Foss of Ace Management.
- Spinning competition;
- Sheep to Shawl contest;
- Sheep Shearing competition;
- Fiber Arts;
- Fiber Craft Education & Demos;
- Wool Show contests & sales;
- Sheep Show - Market & Wool, sponsored by Superior Farms
- Art Show with works by local and regional artists for sale.
- A new feature this year will be operating antique farm engines.
- Great Drawings for a variety of prizes – Lamb-in-a-box, dozens of craft items and two spinning wheels.
- Local non-profit groups may have a free information booth – depending on space available. They are asked to have a fun activity for the public at the booths.
There is still time to enter the BBQ Cook-off and other competitions – and even to be a vendor.
General Admission is only $3. Kids 13 and under $1.
Admission is free for children 5 and under – and also free for active military.
Additional events and more information - and for applications to participate in the competitions or have a booth - go to their website.