Visiting the Festival

Festival Location

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is held at the Howard County Fairgrounds, located west of the city of Baltimore in Howard County, Maryland.

Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794-9604 USA

Hours

  • Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. This will be strictly enforced. Early entry will no longer be permitted. The Festival closes at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • 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! The Festival closes at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and 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.

Festival Entrances

The Howard County Fairgrounds has two entrances from MD-144 (Frederick Road) – one to the East near MD-32, and one to the West near MD-97.

Directions to the Festival

Notice:

If you are traveling to the Festival from points West, we ask that you use the MD-97 exit on I-70. At the light, turn left onto MD-144 East. The West Entrance of the Howard County Fairgrounds will be on your left. (This will help minimize traffic backups on MD-32.)

The Howard County Police Department advises that at peak times, such as Saturday morning, you should be prepared to wait for up to an hour.

From Baltimore, MD I-70

  • Take I-70 WEST to MD-32 SOUTH via exit 80 towards Sykesville/Clarksville.
  • Turn LEFT onto MD-32 SOUTH.
  • Turn RIGHT onto MD-144 WEST (Frederick Road).
  • Turn RIGHT at Fairgrounds Road into the EAST ENTRANCE of the fairgrounds. Note: To expedite the movement of traffic, you also may be directed to overflow parking at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum across from the fairgrounds.

From Frederick, MD I-70

  • Take I-70 EAST to MD-97 SOUTH via exit 76 towards Olney/Cooksville.
  • Turn LEFT onto MD-144 EAST (Frederick Road).
  • Turn LEFT into the WEST ENTRANCE of fairgrounds. Note: To expedite the movement of traffic, you also may be directed to overflow parking at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum across from the fairgrounds.

From Washington, DC I-95

  • Take I-95 NORTH, to the MD-32 WEST exit (38B), towards Columbia.
  • MERGE onto MD-32 W.
  • Turn LEFT onto MD-144 WEST (Frederick Road).
  • Turn RIGHT at Fairgrounds Road into the EAST ENTRANCE of the fairgrounds. Note: To expedite the movement of traffic, you also may be directed to overflow parking at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum across from the fairgrounds.

Handicap Parking

Use the East entrance, please stay in the far right lane, and parking staff will guide you to the right place.

RV Parking

There will be a designated area for day parking of RVs in the grassy field at the far west end of the parking lot. It is fairly flat, but we can’t guarantee that it will be completely level. The parking staff will direct you when you arrive. In case of extremely muddy conditions, a gravel area across the street at the Howard County Living Heritage Farm Museum will be used as the alternate location.

Bus Parking

If you are bringing a bus to the Festival, please note that again this year all buses will enter the fairgrounds through the West entrance, where someone will direct you where to drop off your riders. If you are coming from MD-32, drive past the East entrance to the West entrance. If you are coming from I-70 (east or west), it is recommended that you use the MD-97 exit to avoid the backups on MD-32 and MD-144.

Thank you for your help in making this a great experience for all! If you have any questions, please email  .

Festival Weather

The weather at the festival can change quickly. Please check the weather before you leave for the festival.

We look forward to seeing you!

2017 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

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

Schedule of Events

Search schedule by:

Event Type

Day

Latest From Facebook

Thank you!

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

Lee Langstaff, President, Maryland Sheep Breeders Association
... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Best in show at the Skein & Garment Competition, a gorgeous wool rug by Sharon Kollman of Glen Arm, Maryland. #mswf #mswf2017 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

We are pleased to have Franklin Habit and Lily Chin as instructors this year. Both will be giving lectures on Sunday. Lily is doing "Design Inspiration" and Franklin's topic is "A Brief History of the Knitting Pattern". $5.00 at the door, first come, first served. @ Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival - Official Page ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook