Welcome!

Welcome to the 2020 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival!

This year, our 47th, we want to take a moment to recognize and thank our festival visitors who come full of enthusiasm to support our passion for sheep and wool and the many related activities. Let’s also thank all the shepherds, vendors, fiber artists, sheep and wool equipment makers, crafters, and volunteers. What is amazing is that all come together from varied backgrounds and walks of life to make this festival a success year after year. One of our favorite activities is to visit the livestock barn and talk to the shepherds who have taken time to come from destinations as far as California to participate. If you have chance, stop by the barn and thank a shepherd for participating.

New this year is our first annual Creative Shearing Competition. Shearers are challenged to re-direct their mastery of the process as sculpture, landscaping, haute couture, or a journey of craft and art. Judging will be based on artistry, originality, humor, and skill, and the shearers will rewarded with awards and public acclaim. Come to the Show Ring on Saturday at noon and see what they have come up with!

We hope you enjoy your visit with us,

Gwen Handler, Chairperson, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
Jeff White, President, Maryland Sheep Breeders Association


Please recycle your cans and bottles as you enjoy your visit with us this year.

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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Sharing a post from one of the contestants in our first ever virtual Junior Spinning Competition, which was held via Zoom as part of our Virtual Online Festival. Congratulations go to all of the contestants, whose ages ranged from 8 to 14. Here is how everyone placed:
Adeline - Most Even Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Grace - Fattest Yarn, Longest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Caroline - Skinniest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Theodore - Lumpiest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Ava - Most Even Yarn, Skinniest Yarn, Longest Yarn (drop spindle category)
Preston - Fattest Yarn, Lumpiest Yarn (drop spindle category)
Astrid - Most Even Yarn, Longest Yarn (e-spinner category)

Special thanks to committee member Patricia Sanville for organizing this online competition!
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The Maryland Make it With Wool program relies on its sale of Wool Wax Creme at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival to fund their activities. Since the festival was cancelled, they are selling the products by email this year. The post below shows the products available with instructions on how to order.

MIWW is an annual youth-centered sewing and needle work competition designed to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, yarns, and fibers. Preliminary competitions are held at the state level, culminating in the National Finals and Awards Banquet at the American Sheep Industry annual convention.

Please help keep Maryland youth sewing by ordering your wool wax creme today (plus it's a really great product, too).
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