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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 2018 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., Port Righ, the Martin Family (Saturday) and Randy Barrett &am ...

Maggie’s Music

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

Martin Family

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 ...

Randy Barrett & Friends

Randy Barrett is a fixture in the Washington, DC, bluegrass scene as a singer, songwriter and multi- ...

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

FA01 God’s Eye with Barbara Volk

The God's eye is a magical object, cultural and spiritual symbol for the Huichol and Tepehuan Indian ...

FA02 Twining with Barbara Volk

Twining is a simple finger weaving technique using a warp and weft where the weft threads are twiste ...

FA03 Lucet Braiding with Barbara Volk

The lucet is a tool used to create a braided cord from a single strand and can make braids which are ...

FA04 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, pr ...

FA05 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, pr ...

FA06 Quick to Crochet with Patricia Sanville

This class will explore the basics of crocheting, from chain through treble crochet. You will leave ...

FA07 Quick to Knit with Kellie Nuss

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

FA08 Needle Felting with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

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

FA09 Needle Felting with Renate Maile-Moskowitz

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

FA10 Woven Bookmark with Barbara Volk

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

FA11 Hand Carding with Patricia Sanville

Learn several methods to hand card wool, using hand cards, a drum carder and a blending board. Learn ...

FA12 Portrait Needle Felting with Patricia Sanville

This class will teach you how to take a photo or a picture from a magazine or a famous painting and ...

FA13 Wool Applique with Patricia Sanville

Learn the beautiful art of wool applique and how to embellish this colonial art form while creating ...

FA14 Simple Weaving with Patricia Sanville

Learn how to warp a simple loom and weave a small project during the class. Learn about warp and wef ...

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

D01 Natural Color: Raw Fleece & Natural Dyes with Jackie Ottino

Wednesday & Thursday, May 2 & 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blacksmith Shop at Howard County Farm Her ...

D02 The Kitchen Dyepot with Jackie Ottino

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blacksmith Shop at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum Don’t co ...

D03 Natural Dye Rainbow with Jackie Ottino

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blacksmith Shop at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum Nature o ...

FL01 Nuno-Felt Wave Scarf with Dawn Edwards

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shed #5 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum “Nuno”(whic ...

FL02 Needle-Felted Lamb with Jill Newman

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room 5 at Turf Valley Resort Celebrate your love of fiber by ...

FL03 Needle-Felted Sculpture with Jill Newman

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room 5 at Turf Valley Resort Unleash your creativity and the v ...

FL04 Felt Bird Pod with Dawn Edwards

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shed #5 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum Come and enjoy a ...

FL05 Fabulous Felt Flower Necklace/Lariat with Dawn Edwards

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shed #5 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum In this fun hands- ...

FL06 Needle Felted Cupcake with Jill Newman

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Room 5 at Turf Valley Resort Make a fun and colorful needle fel ...

KN01 Addictive Argyles (and Other Retro Designs) with Harry Wells

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dining Hall Love those classic diamond shapes called Argyle b ...

KN02 Fair Isle Knitting from Shetland with Elizabeth Johnston and Martha Owen

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4-H Hall Begin designing and knitting a small project as a ste ...

KN03 Knit One Below: Knitting Vertical Stripes with Harry Wells

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dining Hall Knitting in the stitch below is a stitch technique f ...

KN04 Build a Better Fabric: Combination Knitting with Patty Lyons

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum Have you tried ...

KN05 Customizing Sweater Patterns with Patty Lyons

Wednesday, May 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum How many times ...

KN06 Introduction to Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fair Office (repeated on Saturday morning) Double-knitting is ...

KN07 Best Buttonholes and Button Bands with Patty Lyons

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum Have you never ...

KN08 Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting with Harry Wells

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Dining Hall With Mosaic knitting, you knit with only one colo ...

KN09 Two-Pattern Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Thursday, May 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fair Office In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build, fol ...

KN10 Let it GO! Drop Stitch Patterns with Patty Lyons

Thursday, May 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum Remember when th ...

KN11 Finishing with a Bang, Not a Whimper: Seaming Techniques with Harry Wells

Thursday, May 3, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Dining Hall Finishing means many things in knitting, and ...

KN12 Multi-Color Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fair Office Bored with only two colors in your double-knitting? ...

KN13 Shape UP! with Patty Lyons

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum Do the words “S ...

KN14 Texture in Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Friday, May 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fair Office Do you love the reversible fabric of double-knitting ...

KN15 Fantastic Cast-ons and Bind-offs with Patty Lyons

Friday, May 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum How you start and ...

KN16 Introduction to Double-Knitting with Alasdair Post-Quinn (repeat)

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fair Office (repeat of Thursday morning's class) Double-knitt ...

KN17 Improve Your Knitting Technique with Patty Lyons

Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Shed #2 at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum We know how to ...

KN18 Double-Knitting Lace with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fair Office I love the possibilities of lace – the elegant s ...

KN19 OOOPS! Correcting Mistakes and Learning to “Read” Your Knitting with Harry Wells

Sunday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fair Office Ever look at your knitting and say, “What happene ...

RH01 Punch Needle Rug Hooking for Beginners with Kathy Donovan

Friday, May 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Room 5 at Turf Valley Resort What says spring more than baby chi ...

SP01 Spinning Bootcamp with Abby Franquemont

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 1&2 at Turf Valley Resort Are you interested in lea ...

SP02 Spinning Woolen and Worsted Yarn with Patsy Sue Zawistoski

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 3&4 at Turf Valley Resort Acquire the secrets to sp ...

SP03 Hand Spinning for Fair Isle with Elizabeth Johnston and Martha Owen

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4-H Hall Starting with a palette of Shetland sheep shades com ...

SP04 You Be the Judge with Harriet Boon

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Home Arts Building Shepherds think almost every fleece is ama ...

SP05 Batts, Batts, Batts with Abby Franquemont

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 1&2 at Turf Valley Resort Make your own drum-carded ...

SP06 Spinning Fine, Finer, Finest Wool Yarns with Patsy Sue Zawistoski

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 3&4 at Turf Valley Resort If you look longingly at o ...

SP07 The Upside of Downs with Harriet Boon

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Home Arts Building Too often we see a fine flock of Dorset or ...

SP08 All Spindles All Day with Abby Franquemont

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 1&2 at Turf Valley Resort Even if you already spin wit ...

SP09 Spinning Icelandic Wool with Patsy Sue Zawistoski

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rooms 3&4 at Turf Valley Resort Icelandic wool has a very di ...

SP10 Popular Wheel Mechanics with Judith MacKenzie

Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Bingo Hall In this class, we’ll learn a little about the h ...

SP11 The Art of Spinning Scrap with Judith MacKenzie

Wednesday, May 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bingo Hall Do you have half an ounce of dyed silk, a bit of c ...

SP12 Six Perfect Draws with Judith MacKenzie

Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Bingo Hall We spin yarn for many different purposes: perfect ...

SP13 Color Without a Dyepot with Judith MacKenzie

Thursday, May 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bingo Hall In this class, we’ll look at three ways to produc ...

SP14 Sheep Breed Walk-about with Judith MacKenzie

Sunday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m, meet in front of Fair Office With Judith MacKenzie as your guide ...

Sunday Lecture: Preserve and Protect: The Legacy of Primitive Sheep Breeds with Judith MacKenzie

Sunday May 6, 1 p.m to 2 p.m., 4-H Hall For tens of thousands of years sheep and humans have trav ...

Sunday Lecture: Textiles and the Warp Weighted Loom – from the Bronze-Age to the Present with Elizabeth Johnston

Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m to 12 p.m., 4-H Hall We have been weaving cloth since we stopped wearing sk ...

Food at the Festival

Saturday Shepherds Feast

It’s Saturday night at the Festival, you’re tired, hungry and need to relax. Smokin’ Hot Bar & ...

Sunday Breakfast Buffet

A great way to fuel up for a long day of Festival fun! Adults: $15.00                 ...

Free Events & Demos

Cheesemaking Demonstration

Join ALICIA CLUGH of the Maryland Cheese Guild as she demonstrates fun, easy cheeses that can be mad ...

Featured Breed: Natural Colored Sheep

“Natural Colored” is not a breed, of course⎯Festival visitors will see many different breeds o ...

Folk School Demonstrations

Historic John C. Campbell Folk School of Brasstown, North Carolina will be offering demonstrations i ...

Free Shepherd Seminar: Shepherd’s Chat with John Fichtner

Saturday, May 5, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Dining Hall John will discuss and take questions abo ...

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 ...

Working Sheepdog Demonstrations

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

Shepherd Workshops

Free Shepherd Seminar: Shepherd’s Chat with John Fichtner

Saturday, May 5, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Dining Hall John will discuss and take questions abo ...

SW01 Basic Shepherding (For individuals considering getting a sheep flock) with Dr. Richard Barczewski

Friday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Show Ring This workshop is a must for novice shepherds an ...

SW02 Basic Shepherding (For individuals who already have a sheep flock) with Dr. Richard Barczewski

Friday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Show Ring This workshop is a must for beginning shepherds ...

Shows & Sales

All Breeds Sheep Show & Sale

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

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 5, 2018 Saturday Morning Ring 1 Black Border Leicester Rambouillet Bluefaced Leic ...

Silent Auction of Fleece Show Special Award Winners

Special Award winners from the Fleece Show & Sale will be available for purchase by Silent Aucti ...

2018 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to Sally Drew of Olney, MD for her winning entry in the 2018 Cover Art Competition.

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The National Lincoln Show is just one of two national shows we are hosting this year. 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 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.
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The Festival website at www.sheepandwool.org has been updated for 2018, and our Eventbrite site at mswf2018.eventbrite.com/ is up and running for advance ticket sales, catalog orders, and registration for our Fiber Arts Workshops, Shepherd Workshops, and Family Activities. ... See MoreSee Less

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