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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 2016 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 five team members - one shearer, three spinners, and one weaver - will compete to shear a shee ...

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

Common Ground on the Hill Musicians

Join musicians Walt Michael & Co., the Martin Family Band, and Port Righ from Common Ground on t ...

Maggie’s Music

Maggie Sansone brings a unique beauty and vision to her new compositions and the ancient music of th ...

Martin Family Band

The Martin Family Band has an unmistakable signature sound that draws on the traditions of Old Time ...

Port Righ

Featuring Celtic harp, bagpipes, and English concertina, the distinctive duo Port Righ also incorpor ...

Rob Caruthers & Friends

Robbie Caruthers is a master of Old Time Fiddle. No one has played more regional festivals and event ...

Slim Harrison

For over 40 years, Slim Harrison has performed at schools and festivals, hoedowns & throwdowns a ...

Walt Michael & Company

Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Mi ...

Family Activities

JF30 God’s Eye with Barbara Volk

The God’s Eye is a yarn weaving joined with a spiritual object.  The Ojo de Dios is woven with wo ...

JF31 Finger Knitting with Kellie Nuss

No needles? No problem! Come and learn the most basic kind of knitting. On your own fingers! Kellie ...

JF32 Needle Tapestry Bracelet with Barbara Volk

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

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 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, ...

JF35 Quick to Knit with Kellie Nuss

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

JF36 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: ...

JF37 Needle Felting A Dragon with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

Though the most luck bringing Chinese Zodiac sign of the DRAGON won’t come around again until the ...

JF38 Needle Felting A Dragon with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

Though the most luck bringing Chinese Zodiac sign of the DRAGON won’t come around again until the ...

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 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 ...

JF41 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 Tim Livengood

Tim Livengood is a storyteller since way back, learning from vinyl LPs on a record player. He is tha ...

Fiber Arts Workshops

Free Lecture: The History of Wool with Judith MacKenzie

Join Judith as she talks about how human interaction and domestication has changed the character and ...

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 Fiber Preparation with Robin Russo

Well prepared fibers spin easily into beautiful yarns. This class covers both drum-carding and combi ...

JC03 Spinner’s Guide to Color Theory: Mastering Color Without Dyeing with Judith MacKenzie

You will learn how to achieve every color in the color wheel without dyeing. By combining different ...

JC04 Natural Dyeing 101 with Jackie Ottino Graf

For centuries, people have turned to the natural world for colors, to embellish fibers and fabrics f ...

JC05 Madder Root Intensive with Jackie Ottino Graf

In this advanced workshop we will explore how putting a little chemistry to work in the madder root ...

JC06 Spinning Primitive Breeds with Judith MacKenzie

Did you know that you can spin yarn for sturdy rugs, delicate lace, warm sweaters, long wearing sock ...

JC07 Pricing and Value: How to Pay Yourself with Tara Swiger

You want abundant, glorious support from the work you love. You work hard, implement ideas and move ...

JC08 Felted Fantasy Figure with Lyn Harris

Come make a unique felted creature of your own! Use it as a muse, decorative object or imaginary sid ...

JC09 Drafting Techniques to Make the Yarn You Want with Judith MacKenzie

As a spinner, your most important, versatile tools are your own skilled hands. With those eight fing ...

JC10 Introduction to Pattern Design with Kate Atherley

This class is for experienced knitters who are interested in designing their own garments and publis ...

JC11 Felted Lacy Scarf with Lyn Harris

When wet felted, Wensleydale wool creates a beautiful lacy effect. Fancy yarns will be available for ...

JC12 Craft Your Customer Path with Tara Swiger

How do your customers find you, fall in love, and buy? We'll cover each step of the process - how pe ...

JC13 Pattern Writing Skills with Kate Atherley

You’ve designed a great piece, and now it’s time to write up the pattern to share. Whether you w ...

JC14 Felted Ruffled Shawl with Lyn Harris

Create a beautiful ruffled shawl to wear over a dress, sweater or winter coat. The shawl is construc ...

JC15 Get More Done in your Business with Tara Swiger

Do you get distracted in your workday? Waste your time on stuff that doesn’t matter? This workshop ...

JC16 Introduction to Sock Design with Kate Atherley

Have a hard-to-fit foot? Can’t find a sock pattern to match your gauge? Struggling with existing s ...

JC17 Soxpertise with Kate Atherley

OK, you’ve worked a few socks. Now it’s time to expand your skills a bit. In this class you’ll ...

JC18 Sizing and Fit – or Why the Medium Never Quite Fits Right with Kate Atherley

The biggest challenge for many knitters when choosing a pattern is knowing which size to make. This ...

JC19 Handspun Boucle the Easy Way with Maggie Casey

If you like the look of designer yarns but don’t like the time it takes to make them, this class m ...

JC20 Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists with Jackie Ottino Graf

Dyeing with Indigo has a long history, dating back to at least 2500 BC. There are many methods and t ...

JC21 Social Media for Beginners with Tara Swiger

Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest...knowing what to spend your time on can be overwhelming. Defeat feeli ...

JC22 Math for Knitters/Introduction to Pattern Altering with Kate Atherley

Everything you need to know to figure out all those tricky math issues you encounter in your knittin ...

JC23 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 an ...

JC24 Handpainting with Natural Dye Extracts with Jackie Ottino Graf

Handpainting yarns and fibers is an excellent way to create tonal and variegated yarns. Are you a ha ...

JC25 Email Marketing for Crafty Business Owners with Tara Swiger

Learn how to use the BEST tool for connecting with your customers - an email newsletter. In this wor ...

JC26 Fair Isle Techniques and Design Your Own Cowl Workshop with Tanis Gray

Have you been wanting to learn to knit with multiple colors? In this Fair Isle Techniques and Design ...

JC27 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 ...

JC28 Yarn Knowledge with Kate Atherley

Mystified by all these terms - double knitting, worsted, aran? Unsure whether fingering is a potato ...

JC29 Two Socks in One: The War & Peace Method with Kate Atherley

Suffering from Second Sock Syndrome? Bored with your usual way of knitting socks? Looking for a way ...

Food at the Festival

Free Lamb Tasting Event

If you like lamb – or have never tasted lamb – stop by the Frederick County Sheep Breeders Assoc ...

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 fuel up for a long day of Festival fun! Adults: $15.00                 ...

Free Events & Demos

Free Lamb Tasting Event

If you like lamb – or have never tasted lamb – stop by the Frederick County Sheep Breeders Assoc ...

Free Lecture: The History of Wool with Judith MacKenzie

Join Judith as she talks about how human interaction and domestication has changed the character and ...

Free Lecture: Understanding How Physiological and Environmental Limitations Can Effect Wool Growth with Dr. Martin Dally, PhD.

This seminar will cover the many factors that affect wool growth. Both physiological and environment ...

Knit-Along for Charity

We are pleased to announce our first-ever Knit-Along for charity, which we hope will become an annua ...

Lamb Cooking Demonstrations

Our lamb cooking demonstrations will be held this year in the Festival Farm Market. That way, once y ...

Maryland Make It With Wool Fashion Show

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

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 ...

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 Tim Livengood

Tim Livengood is a storyteller since way back, learning from vinyl LPs on a record player. He is tha ...

Using Bluefaced Leicester Fiber: Demonstration

As part of the National Bluefaced Leicester Show at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, the Blue ...

Working Sheepdog Demonstrations

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

Shepherd Workshops

Free Lecture: Understanding How Physiological and Environmental Limitations Can Effect Wool Growth with Dr. Martin Dally, PhD.

This seminar will cover the many factors that affect wool growth. Both physiological and environment ...

JS50 Keeping Parasites at Bay with Dr. Andrea Loar, DVM

Most producers are familiar with the FAMACHA system of parasite detection, but more recently, the 5 ...

JS51 Best Breeding Practices with Dr. Andrea Loar, DVM

Curious about using CIDRs for heat synchronization? Ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis? Embryo transfer? ...

JS52 Differences Among Sheep Breeds for Growth, Carcass and Meat Quality Traits with Dr. Kreg Leymaster, PhD.

Dr. Leymaster will explain why experimental comparisons of breeds are important and how results can ...

JS53 New Approaches to Eradicate Ovine Progressive Pneumonia with Dr. Kreg Leymaster, PhD.

This seminar will review symptoms and impacts of OPP on flock productivity, describe the discovery o ...

JS54 Get Greater Genetic Improvement with Cooperative Breeding Schemes with Dr. Kreg Leymaster, PhD.

Common constraints to genetic improvement by the seedstock industry and how these constraints can be ...

JS55 What are the Production Limits for Easy-Care Sheep? With Dr. Kreg Leymaster, PhD.

Common perceptions about sheep management will be questioned and related to profitability. Using exp ...

Shows & Sales

All Breeds Sheep Show & Sale

Our Ewe Show & Sale returns this year with some important changes. In addition to yearling ewes, ...

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 100 pounds are judged and ...

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 7, 2016 Saturday Morning Ring 1 Border Leicester Karakul National Bluefaced Leice ...

Silent Auction of Fleece Show Special Award Winners

Special Award winners from the Fleece Show & Sale will be sold by Silent Auction from 9 a.m. to ...

2016 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to 2016 Cover Art Competition Winner Maria Victoria Savka of Pittsford, NY. Honorable mentions went to Mary Jeanne Coles of Union Bridge MD, Nathan Loda of Vienna VA, Jamison Odone of LaVale MD, and Debbie Lynn Zwiebach of Pasadena MD.

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The finalists have been chosen for our 2016 Grand Lamb Cook-off! Download their recipes now, then come watch them compete on Saturday, May 7!

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