Montpelier hosts the annual Fall Fiber Festival and Sheep Dog Trials, an early autumn celebration of rural life in the Virginia Piedmont. The event includes weavers and spinners, sheep shearing (kids can get up close and really see what is happening), border collie demonstrations, workshops on the various aspects of using natural fibers, and many different breeds of sheep and goats. Food booths, Scottish music and bagpipes, and vendors selling natural fiber clothing, yarns, blankets, and socks. Festival-goers get a discount on tours of Montpelier, too. Rt. 20 in Orange County. 296-8533.