We are pleased to have Natural Colored Sheep as our featured "breed" this year, sponsored by the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA). Read more about the featured breed at sheepandwool.org/festival/featured-breed-natural-colored/, and be sure and stop by the Featured Breed Showcase Tent at the Festival.
A NCWGA National Show will be held in conjunction with the Festival sheep shows. There will be special awards for NCWGA members in each of the Natural Colored Divisions. Entry information is available at sheepandwool.org/festival/sheep-shows/ and online entry is available at sheepandwool.fairwire.com/. The deadline for entries is April 1.
The Fleece Show & Sale will include special awards for NCWGA members in Fine, Medium, Long, and Primitive/Double-Coated, plus overall Champion and Reserve Champion Fleece awards. Entry information is available at sheepandwool.org/festival/fleece-show-sale/. All entries must be received by April 26. This also means that fleece buyers should expect to see lots of lovely natural colored fleeces! ... See MoreSee Less
The National Lincoln Sale will be held as part of our All Breeds Sheep Sale. The pre-sale show will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and the sale will be at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. For entry information, visit the Banner Sale Management website at www.bannersheepmagazine.com/saleentry.html. The entry deadline is March 10. ... See MoreSee Less
" I am a knitter, so I love seeing the variety of yarns for sale! My son loves seeing the sheep and goats. And my husband loves the food - especially the typical fair food and the lamb burgers! "
Heather C.Sykesville, MD
" I always go here to stock up on roving for spinning & the wool yarn I use to weave. There are hundreds of vendors from all over the country selling incredible textiles, yarns, antiques & hand crafted items. "
Manasi K.Seattle, WA
" There's plenty of fair food to be had there, not to mention some tasty lamb from a few vendors. For the best food, go in the 4-H building and either purchase a BBQ sandwich or a leg of lamb sandwich. Yum! "
Wayne B.Charlotte, NC.
" Lots of animals to pet, sheepdog trials to watch, music, fairground food, shearing demonstrations, storytelling, wool spinning demos - fascinating, and it's outdoors, so the kids can be as loud as they want. "
Anita W.Silver Spring, MD
" The festival is a great coming together of rural America. There is so much livestock, wool, yarn & southern food here, it's amazing. "
Manasi K.Seattle, WA
" If you have any love whatsoever of sheep, wool, fleece, fiber, or anything to do with knitting, weaving, or spinning, then this is the festival for you. "