Gifts and Bequests

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is a non-profit volunteer committee of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. We appreciate the following support:

Jane Hyland Memorial Awards

Jane was a talented spinner who valued quality fleeces. Her long involvement with the Festival as a volunteer and participant is honored by her family through the following awards:

Fleece Show & Sale:
Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Natural Colored Spinning Fleece - $50
Jane Hyland Memorial: Best White Wool Spinning Fleece - $50
Skein & Garment Competition:
Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Handspun Skein - $25
Sheep to Shawl Competition: Best Handspun Article - $25
Sheep to Shawl:
Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Spinning Team - $150

Eleventh Annual Mamie Francis Blanket Competition

A $5,000 endowment funds a $300 Grand Prize Award in the Mamie Francis Blanket Competition. Mamie was a weaver of small blankets or lap robes. She is remembered by her husband, daughter and three sons with this endowment. This $300 prize was awarded to Peggy Hart in 2013. Supporters for this competition are: Glimakra USA, Interweave Press, Louet North America, The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center, and Ashton Studio Arts.

The “Freddie” Award

2014 marks the 20th annual “Freddie” Award. This cash award goes to the weaver of the most creative handwoven article entered in the Skein & Garment Competition. This award is funded by an endowment from the family and friends of Mary Fredrika Pfeiffer, an avid Festival supporter. The “Freddie” Award continues her encouragement of excellence in handweaving. Renee Jones won this honor in 2013.

Pat Brown Memorial Award

To honor an ardent Festival fan, a group of Maryland spinners funded the Pat Brown Memorial Award for the Best Maryland Fleece in the Fleece Show. A Kent Island shepherd and critter lover, Pat Brown was a multitalented artist. A permanent plaque is displayed annually at the Fleece Show. In 2013 the Revere pewter cup and cash award were won by Christine Hamilton, with a Border Leicester fleece.

Tyson Creamer Memorial Award

Tyson “Pete” Creamer was a Festival committee member over 15 years, including chairing the Fleece Show & Sale with his wife, Sylvia. He was a shearer, worked with the Wool Pool, and was always willing to work with 4-H Members. This award is given to the best 4-H Fleece. Alexandra Rodgers won this honor with a Romney fleece in 2013.

Ernest Edward Hall Memorial Trophy

This award is given in memory of Ernie Hall, who unselfishly donated 16 years of service to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The trophy is awarded to the exhibitor of the Supreme Champion Ram. Brian Larson won this honor in 2013.

Florence Byrnes Hall Memorial Trophy

This award is given in recognition of the 16 years of dedicated service that Florence gave to the Festival. This trophy is awarded to the exhibitor of the Supreme Champion Ewe. Hollystone Farm won this honor in 2013.

The Lucy Conant Memorial Trophy

This trophy is dedicated to the memory of Lucy Conant, a devoted participant in the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Sheep Shows for many years. The “Friends of Lucy Conant” will present this trophy to the exhibitor of the Champion Romney Ewe. Charlene M Carlisle won this honor in 2013.

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