Gifts & Bequests

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival thanks the following donors for the special recognition in honor of their loved ones:

Jane Hyland Memorial Awards

Jane was a talented spinner who valued quality fleeces. Her long involvement with the Festival as a volunteer and participant is honored by her family through the following awards:

Skein & Garment Competition:

Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Handspun Skein – $25
Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Handspun Article – $25

Sheep to Shawl: 

Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Spinning Team – $150

Fourteenth Annual  Mamie Francis Blanket Competition

A $5,000 endowment funds a $300 Grand Prize Award in the Mamie Francis Blanket Competition. Mamie was a weaver of small blankets or lap robes. She is remembered by her husband, daughter and two sons with this endowment. This $300 prize was awarded to Robin Leidner in 2016. Additional support for this competition is provided by Sandy Spring Friends School.

The “Freddie” Award

2017 marks the 23rd annual “Freddie” Award. This cash award goes to the weaver of the most creative handwoven article entered in the Skein & Garment Competition. This award is funded by an endowment from the family and friends of Mary Fredrika Pfeiffer, an avid Festival supporter. The “Freddie” Award continues her encouragement of excellence in handweaving. Marilyn Harrington won this honor in 2016.

Pat Brown Memorial Award

To honor an ardent Festival fan, a group of Maryland spinners funded the Pat Brown Memorial Award for the Best Maryland Fleece in the Fleece Show. A Kent Island shepherd and critter lover, Pat Brown was a multitalented artist. A permanent plaque is displayed annually at the Fleece Show. In 2016 the Revere pewter cup and cash award were won by Nathan Matzinger with a Corriedale fleece.

Tyson Creamer Memorial Award

Tyson “Pete” Creamer was a Festival committee member over 15 years, including chairing the Fleece Show & Sale with his wife, Sylvia. He was a shearer, worked with the Wool Pool, and was always willing to work with 4-H Members. This award is given to the best 4-H Fleece. Rachel Zimmerman won this honor with a Gotland fleece in 2016.

Ernest Edward Hall Memorial Trophy

This award is given in memory of Ernie Hall, who unselfishly donated 16 years of service to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The trophy is awarded to the exhibitor of the Supreme Champion Ram. Christian Day won this with a Lincoln ram in 2016.

Florence Byrnes Hall Memorial Trophy

This award is given in recognition of the 16 years of dedicated service that Florence gave to the Festival. This trophy is awarded to the exhibitor of the Supreme Champion Ewe. Wil-Hi Farm won this honor with a Rambouillet ewe in 2016.

The Lucy Conant Memorial Trophy

This trophy is dedicated to the memory of Lucy Conant, a devoted participant in the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Sheep Shows for many years. The “Friends of Lucy Conant” will present this trophy to the exhibitor of the Champion Romney Ewe. Hilary Chapin won this honor in 2016.

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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We are terribly sorry, but due to unanticipated problems, there will not be an online entry option for our sheep shows this year, and the deadline for mailing entries has been extended. The entry form is available on our website using the link below. Entries must be postmarked by April 10, 2017. A $20 late fee will be assessed to those entries postmarked after April 10. No entries accepted after April 15 postmark. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

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2017 merchandise is now available in the online store at www.sheepman.com/mswf -- two sizes of posters, one style of tote bag, and two colors of t-shirts! More colors and styles will be available at the festival!

If you are within driving distance of Frederick, Maryland, you can purchase them right in the Sheepman Supply showroom and saving shipping costs. All proceeds benefit the festival.
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Here is our 2017 poster. The artwork is a watercolor by cover art contest winner Britt Silkey of Frostburg, MD and the design is by Ashton Design of Baltimore, MD.The catalog cover is kind of cool, too, as the ewe is on the front and the little lamb is on the back. ... See MoreSee Less

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