Volunteer

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 30th 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.

Anyone who volunteers gets a free volunteer shirt, a unique souvenir which is NOT available to the general public!

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

Visit our General Festival Volunteer SignUpGenius Page to sign up for the tasks and time slots that work best for you.

Please note: You MUST sign up before the festival. We need to know who is coming and when. If you want SSL hours certified, we need to know that, too.

Do You Love the Festival As Much As We Do?

Come be a friendly, welcoming face at the front gate as a volunteer Greeter! Visit our Greeter SignupGenius Page to learn more. Volunteers receive free admission for the day and a thank you gift from the Festival.

Our Recycling Committee Needs You!

Volunteers are also 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. Visit our General Festival Volunteer SignUpGenius Page to sign up for the time slot that works best for you, or 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!

Volunteer Information for Retail Sales

Help with the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s 2017 retail sales. On Sunday, April 30th, help set up shelving units (and enjoy a potluck lunch); jobs on Wednesday through Friday include folding t-shirts (learning the fine art of using a folding board along the way) plus stocking the shelves with t-shirts and other MSWF merchandise; from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, you can help with sales (no money handling); and from Sunday afternoon into the evening there are take-down tasks.

All work is indoors, on a concrete floor. Every volunteer will receive a Volunteer T-shirt in thanks. Please consider volunteering for take-down on Sunday after 5PM. This is a critical need and many hands make light work.

This volunteer work is suitable for teens from a mature 14 years old and up. If teens want School Service Learning hours certified, we can do that.

Visit our T-Shirt Volunteer SignUpGenius Page to select your time slot(s).

Thank you for helping!

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

Lee Langstaff, President, Maryland Sheep Breeders Association
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