Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Festival cost? Parking? Both Festival Entry and Parking are still free. Please donate generously online or at one of the yellow donation boxes at the main entrance and other points around the fairgrounds.

Can I bring my dog? No, we’re sorry, please leave your pets at home.

Where are you located? The Festival is held at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairground Road, West Friendship, MD 21794.

Do you offer handicap parking? Yes, use the East entrance, please stay in the far right lane, and parking staff will guide you to the right place.

If we bring a bus, where should we park? The bus can drop passengers at the East Gate to the Fairgrounds. See more details.

How do I get a t-shirt? Can I get one in advance? Sales of Festival Merchandise will be handled year-round through, check out the store. Once at the Fairgrounds, all Festival Gear is available for sale at the Howard 4-H Exhibit Hall. The T-Shirt Express Tent will also be back: one style t-shirt, one color, one price. Cash only, located just inside the Festival Grounds.

Do you need volunteers? Who do I contact? Yes, we can always use extra hands, please check out our Volunteer Page for more information. If you are interested in helping year-round, there are many opportunities on our various festival committees.

Can we camp overnight at the Fairgrounds? We’re sorry, but camping is not allowed for the general public. There are local campgrounds available, however. Patapsco Valley State Park has a variety of camping options. There are also campgrounds in nearby Carroll and Frederick Counties. See the Lodging page for more detailed information.

Where can I find my lost items?  Found items will be kept at the Fairgrounds office throughout the Festival. After that, please email to inquire and arrange for pick up.

How do I sign up for next year’s catalog? Check out our Catalog page for details. Beginning in 2012, a mailed catalog will cost $5 to cover postage.

Can I still advertise this year? Absolutely, web ads on our site run for the remaining calendar year and can be added at any time. The website is a resource for many visitors throughout the year. See more details.

How do I apply to become a vendor next year? Vendor spaces are very limited, but we are always looking for fresh ideas. Check out our Vendor information page for more details.

Can I teach next year? Check out our Workshop Information page for details and a proposal form.

How soon can we start planning for Next Year’s Festival? Right away – the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is always held at the Howard County Fairgrounds the first full weekend in May! Come back next year – May 2 & 3, 2015!

If you have any further questions, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you!


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