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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 the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s Grand Lamb Cook-Off. ...

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. ...

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 2017 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 (YCP) is an adult/youth mentoring program that enables young aspir ...

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 Dream Catcher with Barbara Volk

Using a hoop and decorating it with findings, bits and pieces of everyday life (feathers, arrow head ...

JF31 Finger Knitting

No needles? No problem! Come and learn the most basic kind of knitting-on your own fingers! Our inst ...

JF32 Woven Bookmark with Barbara Volk

Learn the traditional art of weaving on a small scale by creating a bookmark on a simple loom. Ag ...

JF33 Exploring Simple Spinning with Patty Sanville

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

JF34 Exploring Simple Spinning with Patty Sanville

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

JF35 Quick to Knit

Start a lifetime of fun by learning the basics of knitting as you start a bookmark or belt. Age 7 ...

JF36 Quick to Crochet

Learn the basics of crochet as you make a small book mark or start on a belt. Age 7+. Limit 12 st ...

JF37 Needle Felting with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

At the festival, we are surrounded by real livestock, and in virtual reality all around us, the gami ...

JF38 Needle Felting with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

At the festival, we are surrounded by real livestock, and in virtual reality all around us, the gami ...

JF39 Hand Carding with Patty Sanville

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

JF40 Hand Carding with Patty Sanville

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

JF41 Woven Bookmark with Barbara Volk

Learn the traditional art of weaving on a small scale by creating a bookmark on a simple loom. A ...

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

JC01 Start Spinning: 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 You Be the Judge with Harriet Boon

As shepherds, we think almost every fleece is amazing, but how do others assess the same fleece? Wha ...

JC03 Fabulous Felt Flower Fascinator with Dawn Edwards

In this fun hands-on workshop, we will transform Merino wool into beautiful felt flowers using just ...

JC04 Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled, Bead Knitting! with Lily Chin

Beads may be glamorous or primitive, glitzy or rustic, delicate or bold. They invariably impart a te ...

JC05 Perfect Pairs: Blending Wool with Exotic Fibers with Judith MacKenzie

Want to extend that bit of cashmere? Have a lovely Gotland fleece but not quite enough to make the s ...

JC06 Natural Dye Rainbow with Jackie Ottino Graf

It’s natural dyeing season!  Have you been curious about working with natural dyes, or have you e ...

JC07 Landscape Bags With Harriet Boon

The pleasure of spinning can be enhanced by using color and creating a continuous yarn which when kn ...

JC08 Cavalcade of Color Work with Franklin Habit

When the time comes to introduce color patterns to your knitting, the choices are many and the possi ...

JC09 Woodsy Forest Inspired Vessels with Dawn Edwards

We will create our wet-felted woodsy forest inspired vessels using the ‘resist’ method. This is ...

JC10 Handpainting with Natural Dye Extracts with Jackie Ottino Graf

Handpainting is an excellent way to create tonal and variegated yarns. Are you a hand painter with s ...

JC11 Cloche Hats with Dawn Edwards

Come learn the basics of felting, or expand your knowledge, as we create beautiful felt Cloche style ...

JC12 Traditional Ikat and Shibori Techniques for the Indigo Dyepot with Jackie Ottino Graf

An all day indigo adventure! We will explore a variety of techniques to create beautiful indigo dyed ...

JC13 You Can’t Tell a Braid by Its Color with Maggie Casey

We fall in love with those beautiful hand dyed braids and then are sometimes surprised when the yarn ...

JC14 Teach Your Old Wheel Some New Tricks with Maggie Casey

IT IS ALWAYS THE WHEEL, not the spinner (well, maybe not always, but a lot of the time). Sometimes j ...

JC15 Beginning Spinning: Diameter Control with Judith MacKenzie

If you’ve ever said “I used to spin nice bulky yarn and I can’t spin anything but sewing threa ...

JC16 Reversible Cables with Lily Chin

Simple to execute, cables are almost always worked over stockinette stitch thereby producing a “wr ...

JC17 The Art of Plying with Judith MacKenzie

Plying is an art, just like drafting a beautiful single. It is the basis of most novelty yarns as we ...

JC18 Tips, Tricks and Hints with Lily Chin

Learn all the little secrets to make knitting life easier and better. Find out how to cast on in 2-t ...

JC19 Snip ’n’ Zip: Steeks and Zippers with Franklin Habit

This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operation ...

JC20 Embroider Your Knitting with Franklin Habit

Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting. With a little help from your tapestry ne ...

JC21 Cochineal Intensive–Pushing the Limits of the Natural Dyepot with Jackie Ottino Graf

Cochineal is an unassuming insect that have been used for centuries to color textiles, food and pain ...

JC22 Knitted Tessellations: Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice with Franklin Habit

A hands-on introduction to the creation of tessellations: motifs that interlock without gaps or over ...

JC23 Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild (with Special Guest I-Cord!) with Franklin Habit

Poor, plain garter stitch. So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything bu ...

JC24 Slash the Stash with Harriet Boon

There is a limit to the number of baskets of beautiful skeins we can have, not to mention the boxes ...

JC25 Sheep Breed Walkabout with Judith MacKenzie

With Judith MacKenzie as your guide, take a walking tour of the sheep barns at the Festival. Judith ...

Sunday Lecture: B is for Purl–A Brief History of the Knitting Pattern with Franklin Habit

In the beginning, there was knitting; and it was good. Then came knitting books, and they were good. ...

Sunday Lecture: Design Inspiration with Lily Chin

Have you ever wondered where ideas come from? Where do designers draw their inspiration from? How do ...

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

Free Events & Demos

Featured Breed: American Romney

Stop by the Featured Breed Showcase Tent to learn more about our 2017 Featured Breed, the American R ...

Knit-Along for Charity

We are pleased to announce that the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative is returning to ho ...

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 ...

Working Sheepdog Demonstrations

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

Shepherd Workshops

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 What to do Before You Call the Vet: First Aid for Your Flock with Dr. Andrea Loar, DVM

Unfortunately, it happens to almost every shepherd eventually….you come to check on your flock and ...

JS52 Where Do I Start? What Do I do? Shepherd Q&A with Emily Chamelin-Hickman (Friday Session)

This class is designed to be an interactive question and answer session that will adapt to meet the ...

JS53 Where Do I Start? What Do I do? Shepherd Q&A with Emily Chamelin-Hickman (Sunday Session)

This class is designed to be an interactive question and answer session that will adapt to meet the ...

Shows & Sales

All Breeds Sheep Show & Sale

Our successful All Breeds Sheep Show & Sale continues, and this year will include the National R ...

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 ...

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 6, 2017 Saturday Morning Ring 1 Border Leicester Karakul Bluefaced Leicester R ...

Silent Auction of Fleece Show Special Award Winners

Special Award winners from the Fleece Show & Sale will be sold by Silent Auction from 8:30 a.m. ...

2017 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to Britt Silkey of Frostburg, MD for her winning entry in the 2017 Cover Art Competition.

Britt’s winning artwork will be unveiled in mid-March.

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