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.

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

Online registration is now open!

Posted: February 9, 2016

Online registration for Fiber Arts Workshops, Shepherd Workshops, Family Activities and Sheep Show entries is now open.

The online registration system is also ready for you to purchase catalogs, meal tickets and Maryland Sheep Breeders Association memberships, and to make donations. You do not need to login or create an account for any of these, just look for the “Buy Tickets and Misc Items” link. Order your catalog by March 15 so it can be included in our initial mailing.

2016 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Posted: January 30, 2016

Maria Victoria Savka, Pittsford NY

A local of upstate New York, Maria Victoria Savka is currently earning her BFA in Fine Arts and Illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology. She enjoys dabbling in watercolor, creating simple intricacies in her artwork, and a strawberry malt shake in a good hammock. She has recently been part of the Student International Print Show in El Minia, Egypt and the Torpedo Factory’s ‘Printed Matter’ show at the Target Gallery.

MVSavka Photo

Maria Victoria Savka

2016 Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention - Mary Jeanne Coles


Mary Jeanne Coles, Union Bridge MD





Honorable Mention - Nathan Loda



Nathan Loda, Vienna VA




 Honrable Mention - Jamison Odone


Jamison Odone, LaVale MD

Fountain pen and digital




Honorable Mention - Debbie Lynn Zwiebach



Debbie Lynn Zwiebach, Pasadena MD

Pen and ink with Sakura Gelly Roll pens

A Sneak Peek at our 2016 Fiber Arts Workshops!

Posted: January 28, 2016

Click here for a sneak peek atMadder Root Intensive Photo our 2016 Fiber Arts Workshops.

Once again, registration for classes will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and we are aiming to open online registration midday on Sunday, February 14th. Watch for announcements here, on Facebook and Ravelry!

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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