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Contests & Competitions

Club Lamb Jackpot

The club lamb jackpot is a club lamb show where exhibitors pay a set entry fee and the winner gets t ...

Fine Arts Competition

This art competition is intended to encourage artists to participate in the Festival with their entr ...

Grand Lamb Cookoff

Enter your favorite lamb recipe in Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s Grand Lamb Cook-Off. Divi ...

Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon

A skillathon provides youth with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in livestock ...

Junior Spinning Contest

The Junior Spinning Contest is for anyone under the age of 18 who has attempted the art of spinning. ...

Lamb Carcass & Performance Contest

The purpose of the lamb carcass and performance contest is to recognize producers of superior lambs; ...

Lead Line Contest

The Lead Line Contest is a contest to show the relationship between the shepherd and the wool produc ...

Mamie Francis Blanket Competition

Mamie Francis was a weaver of small blankets or lap robes. She is remembered by her husband, daughte ...

Maryland Lamb and Wool Queen Contest

The 2015 Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen and Princesses will be chosen at the Maryland Sheep & Wo ...

Sheep Photo Contest

This contest is intended to encourage photographers to explore the beauty of sheep and other wool pr ...

Sheep Poster Contest

The Sheep Poster Contest allows contestants age 18 and under to enter posters on the subjects of bre ...

Sheep To Shawl Contest

Up to eight team members - one shearer, three spinners, and one weaver - will compete to shear a she ...

Skein & Garment Competition

This competition features a wide range of items handcrafted by spinners, knitters, weavers, crochete ...

Youth Conservationist Program

The Youth Conservationist Program is a way to enable youth to experience the joys and responsibiliti ...

Entertainment

Family Activities

JF30 Dream Catcher with Barbara Volk

The ancient legend of the dreamcatcher comes from the Ojibwe people.  The story speaks of the spide ...

JF31 Needle Tapestry Bracelet with Barbara Volk

Learn the traditional art of tapestry weaving on a small scale by creating a bracelet with a button ...

JF32 Exploring Simple Spinning with Bonnie Butler

You don’t need a wheel to spin!  All over the world, in different places and at different times, ...

JF33 Exploring Simple Spinning with Bonnie Butler

You don’t need a wheel to spin!  All over the world, in different places and at different times, ...

JF34 Quick to Knit with Kellie Nuss

Start a lifetime of fun by learning the basics of knitting. Age 7+. Limit 12 students. Class fee: ...

JF35 Quick to Crochet with Kellie Nuss

Learn the basics of crochet as you make a small book mark. Age 7+. Limit 12 students. Class fee: ...

JF36 Needle Felting, A Challenge from the Ocean with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

A snout, a fin, a tail, and a beautiful belly adorned with lots of spikes and an interesting needle ...

JF37 Needle Felting, A Challenge from the Ocean with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

A snout, a fin, a tail, and a beautiful belly adorned with lots of spikes and an interesting needle ...

JF38 Hand Carding with Barbara Jo Kriner

Learn the traditional art form of hand carding to prepare a variety of fibers for use with your drop ...

JF39 Hand Carding with Barbara Jo Kriner

Learn the traditional art form of hand carding to prepare a variety of fibers for use with your drop ...

JF40 Needle Tapestry Bracelet with Barbara Volk

Learn the traditional art of tapestry weaving on a small scale by creating a bracelet with a button ...

Storytelling For All Ages with Bill Mayhew

This master storyteller tells a variety of delightful and colorful stories which educate and enterta ...

Fiber Arts Workshops

JC01 Spinning 101: Learn to Spin or Refresh Your Skills with Maggie Casey

Spider Woman taught the Navajo to spin with spindles of lightning and turquoise. Gandhi encouraged t ...

JC02 Solid Form Felting Techniques with Lisa Klakulak

Explore solid felt forms of spheres, discs, barrels, hoops and cords. Learn graceful connection tech ...

JC03 The Norwegian Fana Cardigan with Beth Brown-Reinsel

The classic details and traditional construction of the Norwegian Fana Cardigan sweaters will be tau ...

JC04 To Spin a Fine Thread with Judith MacKenzie

Have you always wanted to create that gossamer thread? In this workshop, we’ll look at the choices ...

JC05 Dyeing to Paint with Carol Bodin (Wednesday)

Painting yarn and seeing it change from white or natural to a rainbow of colors is magical.  Knitte ...

JC06 Drafting Evolution, Mastering Worsted And Woolen and Everything In-Between with Jaycee Boggs Faulkner

There's more than one way to draft and in this class, we'll cover most of them, and the resulting va ...

JC07 Handspinning for Hand Knitters with Judith MacKenzie

What makes a perfect knitting yarn? How can you spin to the diameter needed for the knitting pattern ...

JC08 Dyeing to Paint with Carol Bodin (Thursday)

Painting yarn and seeing it change from white or natural to a rainbow of colors is magical.  Knitt ...

JC09 Twist with Maggie Casey

Yarn needs twist, without it we would just have fluff.  The question is how much do we need and how ...

JC10 Traditional Gansey Techniques with Beth Brown-Reinsel

Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and earl ...

JC11 Corespinning with Jaycee Boggs Faulkner

Corespinning is neither woolen nor worsted but it’s very own draft and type of yarn. We’ll start ...

JC12 Thick and Thin to Coils with Jaycee Boggs Faulkner

Spinning thick-and-thin yarns can be difficult even for experienced spinners, but nobody ever fails ...

JC13 Building Your Fiber Business: Taking Fiber from a Hobby to a Job with Jaycee Boggs Faulkner

Starting a fiber-based business is easy in today’s fiber community but how do you turn a business ...

JC14 Plying and Ply Structures with Jaycee Boggs Faulkner

Many a million yards of perfectly good singles yarns have been ruined with haphazard or inappropriat ...

JC15 Sheep Breed Walkabout with Judith MacKenzie

Take a walking tour of the sheep barns at the Festival. Judith will highlight about 10-12 breeds, wi ...

JC16 Spinning for Socks with Judith MacKenzie

The only thing nicer than hand knit socks are socks knit with handspun. Learn what it takes to spin ...

JC17 Bead Knitting Sampler with Betsy Hershberg

Expand your horizons by joining the ranks of happy knitters who have learned how to enhance their kn ...

JC18 Not Your Grandmother’s I-Cord with Betsy Hershberg

Welcome to 21st century I-cord! Be amazed as you learn how 'plain old' I-cord can be magically trans ...

JC19 Color Blended Yarns Using Hand Cards or Blending Boards with Maggie Casey

Fiber comes in lots of colors, but often not in the color you want for your project.  In this class ...

JC20 Have a Ball! with Betsy Hershberg

Who doesn’t love beads? And what fun to learn how to make them with knitting! Students will learn ...

JC21 Drop Spindle Spinning with Maggie Casey

For much of history the world’s cloth was spun on a spindle.  Learn how to use this simple tool a ...

JC22 Dazzling 3-D Knitted Beads with Betsy Hershberg

Who doesn’t love beads? But did you know that you can knit them in different shapes and sizes, sho ...

Food at the Festival

Saturday Shepherds Feast

It’s Saturday night at the Festival, you’re tired, hungry and need to relax. Back by popular dem ...

Sunday Breakfast Buffet

A great way to start your day. Festival goers said that last year’s breakfast from Smokin’ Hot w ...

Free Events & Demos

How do we do this? Practical and Hands-on Sheep Keeping with Peter Austin

Our own MSBA member, Peter Austin, will share his vast experience in this free hands-on class for be ...

Lamb Cooking Demonstration

Join Chef Brett Arnold from Smokin’ Hot Bar and Grille in Glenwood, Maryland as he prepares flavor ...

Maryland Make it With Wool Fashion Show

Come see wool garments made by participants in the Maryland Make It With Wool Competition. ...

Ongoing Fiber Arts Demonstrations

You are invited to visit the Rabbit Barn any time between 9:00 a.m. and noon and between 1:00 and 4: ...

Parade of Sheep Breeds

The American sheep industry offers a wide range of genetic diversity. To celebrate that diversity an ...

Producing Fleeces for Handspinners with Ken Wolf

A free seminar for prospective, novice and intermediate shepherds.  Ken will teach you how to culti ...

Sheep Breeds Display

A rare opportunity to view over thirty different breeds of sheep in one place. Breeders will explain ...

Sheep Shearing Demonstrations

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is pleased to have Emily Chamelin Hickman of Westminster, Mar ...

Spin-In

Bring your spinning wheel, spindle, or charka and join our fun and FREE gathering of fiber enthusias ...

Storytelling For All Ages with Bill Mayhew

This master storyteller tells a variety of delightful and colorful stories which educate and enterta ...

Working Sheepdog Demonstrations

The Working Sheepdog Demonstrations at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival are always a crowd fav ...

Shepherd Workshops

JS50 Basic Shepherding (for individuals considering raising sheep) with Dr. Kate Hussman, assisted by Peter Austin

This workshop is a must for those aspiring to raise sheep. Dr. Kate Hussman, recently retired from h ...

JS52 FAMACHA© Workshop — A Method to Determine if Your Sheep Need Deworming with Susan Schoenian

Gastrointestinal parasites (worms) are the primary health problem affecting sheep in warm, moist cli ...

Shows & Sales

Auction of Club Lambs

Do you want to win a blue ribbon at your county fair? This is a great opportunity to purchase good q ...

Auction of Handspun Handwoven Shawls

Have you ever watched something develop right before your very eyes that was so beautiful it would f ...

Auction of Sheep Equipment and Supplies

Attention shepherds! Do you want some special equipment but hesitate to buy it new?  Here is your c ...

Auction of Spinning and Weaving Equipment

Have a loom or spinning wheel you’re no longer using? Looking for a new challenge instead? Now’s ...

Club Lamb Show & Sale

The Club Lamb Show & Sale is where club lambs weighing between 45 and 90 pounds are judged and c ...

Ewe Show & Sale

Looking to improve your flock? Our new Ewe Show & Sale went so well last year that it is back ag ...

Fleece Show & Sale

The Fleece Show & Sale has been a mainstay of the Festival since the very beginning over 40 year ...

Sheep Shows

Saturday, May 2, 2015 Saturday Morning Black Romney Border Leicester Karakul White Wool Long W ...

Silent Auction of Fleece Show Special Award Winners

Special Award winners from the Fleece Show & Sale will be available for purchase based on a Sile ...

2015 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to 2015 Cover Art Competition Winner Ida Faraghan of Cinnaminson, NJ. Honorable mentions went to Evie Baskin of Chestertown, MD; Clare Margaret Douglas of Harrisburg, PA; Patricia Powell Kessler of Silver Spring, MD; and Alison L. Baker, of York Haven, PA.

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356 fleeces from 19 states were entered in our 2015 Fleece Show.
Results of the judging are now available on our website.
sheepandwool.org/2015-festival/results/

Congratulations to the following special prize winners:
Grand Champion Fleece - Geof Ruppert (Cormo)
Division I (Natural Colored) Champion - Martha Polkey (Merino)
Division II (White) Champion - Geof Ruppert (Cormo)
Division III (Breed Class) Champion - Terry Mendenhall (Merino)
Tyson Creamer Memorial Award (Best 4H Fleece) - Devlin Kennedy (Romney)
Pat Brown Memorial Award (Best Maryland Fleece) - Peggy Howell (Corriedale)
Jane Hyland Memorial Award (Best Handspinning Natural Colored Fleece - Martha Polkey (Merino)
Jane Hyland Award (Best Handspinning White Fleece - Geof Ruppert (Cormo)
Best Uncovered Fleece - Mercy Melo (Gotland)
Hopping Acres Award for Best Leicester Longwool Natural Colored Fleece - Travis Wright
Willow Brook Farm Award for Best Leicester Longwool White Fleece - Donna Larson
Willow Brook Farm Award for Best Leicester Longwool Breed Class Fleece - Carol McConaughy
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Note from the office: Sheep show premium checks were mailed yesterday. The Fleece Sale, Auction, and Sheep to Shawl committees turned in their paperwork yesterday, so those checks are now in the works. ... See MoreSee Less

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Results of the 2015 Skein & Garment Competition are now available on our website.
sheepandwool.org/2015-festival/results/
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