New Festival Hours and Admission Fee

Posted: February 3, 2017

A message from the Festival Chairman and the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association President

Many of you will be surprised to learn that this year, for the first time, we will be charging an admission fee of $5.00 per adult (18 years and older). This change deserves some explanation.

We are proud that for 43 years we were able to provide the Festival experience free of charge to the public. A few years ago we began inviting voluntary donations, and we are enormously grateful for the generosity reflected in your willingness to contribute. We have relied heavily on those donations, as the continued success and growth of the Festival have made the job of “putting it on” bigger and more expensive. At the same time, we’ve been teetering on the edge of overwhelming our dedicated volunteers, who are the heart of the Festival. We believe that this modest admission fee, for adults only, will enable us to deliver and continually improve the Festival for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone involved.

This year, the pedestrian gates will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Festival attendees will not be permitted to enter before this time. This will allow vendors and the Festival team the time they need to prepare for the day, free from eager early shoppers!  We ask that you respect this policy.

Whatever it is that inspires you to join us at the Festival, we look forward to having you and the amazing enthusiasm you bring to us!

Gwen Handler, Chairman, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
Lee Langstaff, President, Maryland Sheep Breeders Association

Important things to know

  • The admission fee is $5.00 per day and applies to adults only; everyone under 18 will be admitted free.
  • Tickets may be purchased in advance at A processing fee of $1.24 per ticket will be added.
  • Cash or check only at the gate. There will be an exact change lane, so bring your $5 bills!
  • Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. This will be strictly enforced. Early entry will no longer be permitted.
  • Gates will open at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday to accommodate those wishing to attend the Breakfast Buffet and Sheep-to-Shawl Contest. The official start time will still be 8:30; VENDORS WILL NOT BE OPEN UNTIL 8:30!

We appreciate your patience as we go through this year’s transition.

Order your 2017 catalog now

Posted: January 7, 2016

Order your 2017 catalog now, so it can be included in the first mailing in mid-March. See our catalog ordering information for more details.

Online Registration

Posted: February 11, 2017

Online registration for Fiber Arts Workshops, Shepherd Workshops, and Family Activities will open on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 pm EDT. We are using a new online registration process this year, which is much more user friendly than the one we have used in the past. You can access our Eventbrite online registration page at

Reminder: Registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled.

Helpful Hints:

  • Eventbrite has a 15 minute time limit to complete your order, so you might want to read through the class descriptions here on the website first and figure out what you want to take before heading over to Eventbrite.
  • To save time at checkout, set up an Eventbrite profile in advance so that information on your checkout page can be pre-filled. Go to and click on “Sign Up”.
  • If you have not completed your registration at the end of 15 minutes, the reservation they are holding will be released for others to purchase.

2017 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Posted: February 4, 2017

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

Britt is best known for her watercolor paintings of animals. She was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland by artist parents. She earned a BA from St. Johns College, Annapolis and certificate in fine art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. After living in Miami and teaching at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, she moved to Frostburg, Maryland in 2014 where she lives with her husband and son. She draws inspiration from storybooks, fairy tales, and real life. She paints pet and people portraits by commission. She is developing a show for the Frostburg Arts Walk on April 29, 2017. She loves to knit, and her show will be at the Frostburg Fiber Depot. Her current series may be seen on Instagram (@silkeybritt).

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

Honorable Mention



Clare Workneh

Ellicott City, MD








Sheila Fordyce

Elkton, MD








Maria Victoria Savka

Scottsville, NY






Debbie Lynn Zwiebach

Pasadena, MD


Catalog advertising deadline – January 1, 2017

Posted: November 7, 2016

As one to the largest sheep and wool events in the country, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival attracts approximately 40,000 visitors over two days and offers a unique advertising opportunity. The Festival catalog contains over 200 pages of information about the specific workshops, events, demonstrations, displays, shows, auctions, and competitions at the Festival. Also included are advertisements from local and national companies pertaining to fiber arts or sheep. Vendors and advertisers are indexed in the back. 4,000 catalogs are printed and distributed each year. They are retained by many Festival attendees as a resource and reference throughout the year, and are a great way for customers to easily find you again and again. The deadline for catalog advertisements is January 1.

Download the Advertising Information Sheet.


Announcing the 2017 Cover Art Competition

Posted: June 10, 2015

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival 2017 Cover Art Competition

The winning artwork will be used to design the catalog cover, posters, t-shirts, mugs, hats, and other items to publicize the 44th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

Grand Prize $1000

Up to four $100 Honorary Mention awards

  • Subject related to Sheep and/or Wool
  • Any 2-D medium
  • No larger than 18″x24″
  • Can be full color
  • Artwork only, do not include text regarding Festival name, date, etc.

Deadline November 1, 2016

Download the rules, entry form, and release.

Visit the gallery of past winners.

Questions? Email .

Thank you!

Posted: May 4, 2015

The 2016 Festival was a huge success, although after all the rain on Friday, we thought we might have to wish everyone “Happy Mudder’s Day” instead of Mother’s Day on Sunday! But the skies cleared and the sun came out, and we hope a fine time was had by all.

Thank you to all of the committee members and volunteers whose hard work made it all possible. Special thanks to everyone who made a donation at the gate. Your generous support is what allows the Festival to continue.

In Peace,

Gwen Handler, Chairman, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Lee Langstaff, President, Maryland Sheep Breeders Association

#mswf #mswf2016

Posted: May 6, 2016

Look for #mswf and #mswf2016 on social media this weekend! We are @MDSheepWoolFest on Twitter and mdsheepwoolfest on Instagram!

Volunteers needed!

Posted: April 16, 2015

The Festival would not be possible without the support of hundreds of community volunteers. Visit our volunteer page for information on how you can help. Anyone who volunteers gets a free volunteer shirt!

Upcoming Festival Deadlines

Posted: March 12, 2016

Here are some important deadlines:

  • 5/6/2016 – Skein & Garment Competition entries accepted at Fairgrounds 9-1
  • 5/6/2016 – Sheep Poster Contest entries accepted at Fairgrounds 10-1
  • 5/6/2016 – Fleeces for Fleece Show & Sale accepted at Fairgrounds 10-4:30. Must be pre-registered by April 27. No new entries will be accepted.
  • 5/6/2016 – Sheep Photo Contest entries accepted at Fairgrounds 11:30-3
  • 5/6/2016 – Fine Arts Competition entries accepted at Fairgrounds 12-3
  • 5/20/2016 – Last day to order catalogs or make donations online
  • 10/1/2016 – Deadline for 2017 vendor applications
  • 11/1/2016 – Deadline for 2017 Cover Art Competition entries
  • 1/1/2017 – Deadline for advertising in 2017 Catalog

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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