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

Festival Entrances

There are two main entrances for the Festival – one to the East near MD-32, and one to the West near MD-97.

Parking and Admission

Both parking and admission to the Festival are free, but we need increasing public support through individual donations in order to continue to produce this great event. We encourage those who enjoy the festival to donate a minimum of $5 per day. Watch for our donation campaign at the main gate, where again this year you can donate and receive a collectible button.

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

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!

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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