FAQ

How much does the Festival cost? Parking?

  • Admission to the Festival is $5.00 per day and applies to adults only; everyone under 18 will be admitted free.
  • Tickets may be purchased in advance at https://sheepandwool.eventbrite.com. 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!
  • Parking is free.

Can I bring my dog?

Service animals only. 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?

All buses will enter the fairgrounds through the west entrance, where someone will direct you where to drop off your riders.

How do I get a t-shirt? Can I get one in advance?

Sales of Festival Merchandise will be handled year-round through Sheepman.com, check out the online 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 information for more details.

Where can I find my lost items?

Found items will be kept at the Information Tent 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 5 & 6, 2018!

If you have any further questions, please contact us at 

2017 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

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

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Another Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival has come and gone, and we could not have done without all of you – Festival goers, volunteers, Festival Committee members, shepherds, and participants in so many activities, competitions and demonstrations! It is amazing to see this come together with all categories of participants contributing to its success. We tried some new things this year, and had a little bad weather to deal with, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding, support, and good cheer. Thanks to everyone for participating in our 44th celebration of all things sheep & wool! We are already thinking about how to do even better next year!

In Peace,

Gwen Handler, Chairman, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

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