Be a Vendor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Our vendor application deadline is October 1. We quite often receive application requests after this deadline to be placed on a vendor waiting list. Please know that any vendor waiting list for the Festival is based upon those applications which are received and juried by the October 1, deadline. Please check this website in June for a vendor application for the following Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

vendorsIf you submitted an application for the upcoming Festival, the jurying takes place in mid-November, and letters will go out by mid-December. If you are interested in advertising with the Festival, the ad deadline for new vendor applicants is January 1. Web ads are accepted year-round.

The Vendor Committee encourages all potential applicants to visit the Festival to get a flavor of the type of products sold at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Each year we receive an increasing number of vendor applications for a limited number of vendor booth spaces. When applying to the Festival, please keep in mind that we are always looking for new and fresh ideas. Please review our Vendor Application Tips for more information about applying as a vendor.

If you are interested in applying as a vendor for the upcoming year, please email and your name will be placed on an interest list. Applications for the following year will be mailed in June, and also posted here on the web site.

See the Preinspection Guidelines from the Fire Marshal.

Food Vendor Inquiries

Food Vendors are primarily provided through a contract with the Fairgrounds itself. We are only able to accept Food Vendor Applications from those who sell lamb products. If you are interested in applying, and sell lamb, please contact for more information.

2015 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to 2015 Cover Art Competition Winner Ida Faraghan of Cinnaminson, NJ. Honorable mentions went to Evie Baskin of Chestertown, MD; Clare Margaret Douglas of Harrisburg, PA; Patricia Powell Kessler of Silver Spring, MD; and Alison L. Baker, of York Haven, PA.

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Volunteer Information for T-shirt sales

Volunteer with the fast paced Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival T-shirt Committee. We are gearing up for this year’s festival and are seeking volunteers for the following times and jobs:

Wednesday - Friday: Folding T-Shirts and Stocking Shelves - days and times TBD
Saturday: Sales - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: Sales - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Clean-up & pack-up – 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Critical Time

We especially need help at the end of the festival for the inventory, clean-up and packing.

So, if you have three hours to donate, we have a free t-shirt for you!

Contact the T-Shirt Committee at with your available times, your phone number and your t-shirt size.
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Our Recycling Committee Needs You!

Volunteers are desperately needed to help our recycling efforts. This is not a glamorous job, as it involves picking out the recyclables that were tossed in with the regular trash. However, it comes with a high satisfaction rating for knowing you have helped the Festival and the planet. By being vigilant with recycling, in past years we have been able to reduce the number of dumpster loads of trash from five down to three! This might be a solution for keeping a spouse or teenager occupied while you shop. Stop by the information tent and we will hook you up.

Everyone can help out by making sure to use the labeled recycle bins for recyclable materials!
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Do You Want to Volunteer at This Year’s Festival?

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival would not be possible without the support of hundreds of community volunteers. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer at the Festival.

Festival Set-Up – This always happens on the Sunday before the Festival, which will be April 26th this year, and includes a pot luck lunch. This is mostly manual labor, like setting up sheep pens.

During the Festival – Sometimes we need a helping hand to just carry something or pitch in where needed. We need volunteers on Saturday and Sunday during Festival hours. THERE IS A CRITICAL NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS ON SUNDAY.

Sunday Night Tear Down – Time to put the Festival back in the box for another year! Young and/or strong arms are especially needed here to help take down the sheep pens and load them back into the storage trailer.

Anyone who volunteers three hours or more gets a free T-Shirt (and you know how pretty this year’s artwork is!)

If you are a High School Student who needs Student Service Learning hours, we can certify them.

Email if you have one or more hours to help us keep the festival going. We need to know about you in advance.
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