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Contests & Competitions

Club Lamb Jackpot

The club lamb jackpot is a club lamb show where exhibitors pay a set entry fee and the winner gets t ...

Creative Shearing Competition

Join us for our first annual creative shearing competition. Not everyone can shear a sheep, but even ...

Fine Arts Competition

This art competition is intended to encourage artists to participate in the Festival with their entr ...

Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon

A skillathon provides youth with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in livestock ...

Junior Spinning Competition

The Junior Spinning Competition is for anyone under the age of 18 who has attempted the art of spinn ...

Lead Line Competition

The Lead Line Competition is a contest to show the relationship between the shepherd and the wool pr ...

Mamie Francis Blanket Competition

Mamie Francis was a weaver of small blankets or lap robes. She is remembered by her husband, daughte ...

Maryland Sheep and Wool Ambassador Competition

The 2020 Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador will be chosen at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festiv ...

Sheep Photo Competition

This competition is intended to encourage photographers to explore the beauty of sheep and other woo ...

Sheep Poster Competition

The Sheep Poster Competition allows contestants age 18 and under to enter posters on the subjects of ...

Sheep To Shawl Competition

Five team members - one shearer, three spinners, and one weaver - will compete to shear a sheep, spi ...

Skein & Garment Competition

This competition features a wide range of items handcrafted by spinners, knitters, weavers, crochete ...

Youth Conservationist Program

The Youth Conservationist Program (YCP) is an adult/youth mentoring program that enables young aspir ...

Entertainment

Common Ground on the Hill Musicians

Join musicians Walt Michael & Co., Port Righ, and Emily Martin & Friends from Common Ground ...

Emily Martin & Friends

Emily Martin carries on a rich heritage of playing traditional Appalachian and Irish music on the ma ...

Maggie’s Music

Maggie Sansone brings a unique beauty and vision to her new compositions and the ancient music of th ...

Port Righ

Featuring Celtic harp, bagpipes, and English concertina, the distinctive duo Port Righ also incorpor ...

Rob Caruthers & Friends

Robbie Caruthers is a master of Old Time Fiddle. No one has played more regional festivals and event ...

Slim Harrison

For over 40 years, Slim Harrison has performed at schools and festivals, hoedowns & throwdowns a ...

Walt Michael & Company

Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Mi ...

Family Activities

FA01 Dream Catcher with Barbara Volk

Using a hoop and decorating it with findings, bits and pieces of everyday life (feathers, arrow head ...

FA02 Twining with Barbara Volk

Twining is a simple finger weaving technique using a warp and weft where the weft threads are twiste ...

FA03 Lucet Braiding with Barbara Volk

The lucet is a tool used to create a braided cord from a single strand and can make braids which are ...

FA04 Quick to Crochet with Patty Sanville

This class will explore the basics of crocheting as you begin a begin a practice piece that can beco ...

FA05 Quick to Knit with Patty Sanville

Start a lifetime of fun by learning the basics of knitting as you start a bookmark or belt. All supp ...

FA06 Exploring Simple Spinning with Bonnie Butler

You don’t need a wheel to spin! All over the world, in different places and at different times, pr ...

FA07 Exploring Simple Spinning with Bonnie Butler

You don’t need a wheel to spin! All over the world, in different places and at different times, pr ...

FA08 Extend and Amplify Your Audibles with “EARy” Add-ons with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

We’ll be needle felting a set of ears from an animal of your own choosing; you can then attach the ...

FA09 Extend and Amplify Your Audibles with “EARy” Add-ons with Renate Maile-Moskowitz

We’ll be needle felting a set of ears from an animal of your own choosing; you can then attach the ...

FA10 Woven Bookmark with Barbara Volk

Learn the traditional art of weaving on a small scale by creating a bookmark on a simple loom.Ag ...

FA11 Hand Carding and Painting with Wool with Patty Sanville

Learn several methods to hand card wool, using hand cards, a drum carder, and a blending board. Lear ...

FA12 Soap Felting with Rhiannon Huscha

Want to start felting? Learn to felt wool with this felting project to make felted soaps. What is a ...

FA13 Simple Weaving with Rhiannon Huscha

Learn how to warp a simple loom and weave a small project during the class. Learn about warp and wef ...

Storytelling For All Ages with Tim Livengood

Tim Livengood is a storyteller since way back, learning from vinyl LPs on a record player. He is tha ...

Fiber Arts Workshops

D02 Ecoprint on Wool and Silk with M. Theresa Brown

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – 4-H HallLearn how to ecoprint o ...

D04 Ecoprint on Wool and Silk in Color with M. Theresa Brown

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – 4-H HallAn advanced technique w ...

D06 Ecoprint a Wall Hanging with M. Theresa Brown

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – 4-H HallLearn to ecoprint a wall hang ...

D07 Dyeing Sock Blanks with Diane Ivey

Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Blacksmith ...

F01 Nuno Felt an Art Vest with Patti Barker

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Dining HallThis Art Vest is a g ...

F03 Textural Techniques in Felt with Patti Barker

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Dining HallTake an adventure in textu ...

F04 Needle Felted 2-Layer Landscape with Kristen Walsh

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows EIn this seminar we will create ...

F05 Felted Faces with Kristen Walsh

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows ELearn all the needle fel ...

F06 Needle Felted Landscape (Single Layer) with Kristen Walsh

Wednesday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows EUsing wool felt as our ba ...

F07 Needle Felted Crab with Kristen Walsh

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows ELearn to fold and roll wo ...

K03 Shorty the Short-row Baby Bear with Laura Barker

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Bingo HallShorty is a colorful ...

K04 Mini-Skein Magic with Edie Eckman

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Poplar AAs tempting as candy, bea ...

K05 Duplicate Stitch Your Personalized Artwork, Crest, or Monogram with Laura Barker

Wednesday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Bingo HallEver wanted to embell ...

K06 Easy Stitches for Impatient Knitters with Edie Eckman

Wednesday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Poplar ABored with stockinette sti ...

K08 Mastering Mosaics with Edie Eckman

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Poplar ADramatic colorwork using o ...

K09 Reversible Stitch Patterns with Laura Barker

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Bingo HallSome projects, like sc ...

K10 Re-Imagining Ripples with Edie Eckman

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Poplar AEverybody loves a good ripp ...

K11 Inside Out, Casting-On in the Center with Laura Barker

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Belmont RoomSome projects are worked bes ...

K12 Mix-It-Up Miters with Edie Eckman

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Poplar AThis class comes with a warning ...

K14 Petite Pinwheel: Rectangular Gradient Lace Shawl Worked from the Center Out with Laura Barker

Friday, May 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Belmont RoomPinwheel is a rectangular gra ...

SP03 Yarnitecture 2: Spinning for a Specific Project with Jillian Moreno

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Ellicott RoomIn this class we will l ...

SP04 Masterful Batts: Creating Exquisite Gradient Sets with Heavenly Bresser

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows C & DDiscover how to put that ...

SP06 Intentional Art Yarn with Esther Rodgers

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows A & BWhat is Art Yarn and how ...

SP07 Blending Boards: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly with Heavenly Bresser

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows C & DCome ready to le ...

SP09 Corespinning for Funk and Function with Esther Rodgers

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows A & BEver wonder how ...

SP10 Fearless Plying with Navajo Plying and Center-Pull with Heavenly Bresser

Wednesday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows C & DNo more stress! J ...

SP12 Lockspinning and Tailspinning – The Long and Short of It with Esther Rodgers

Wednesday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows A & BTailspun yarns ar ...

SP13 Think Outside the Braid with Heavenly Bresser

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows C & DJoin us as we exp ...

SP15 Chasing Rainbows: Unlocking the Spectrum with Color Blending with Esther Rodgers

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows A & BIn this class stu ...

SP16 Color Control: Fractal Spinning with Heavenly Bresser

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows C & DFractal spinning c ...

SP18 Wildplying: Beehives, Bobbles, Crescents and Coils with Esther Rodgers

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows A & BIn this class we e ...

SP24 The Nature of Wool with Sue Blacker

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Home Arts BuildingIn this class ...

Sunday Lecture: Five Women, Five Shawls with Franklin Habit

A person's "creative lineage" is something like a family tree; only instead of telling you who marri ...

Sunday Lecture: My Story, A Fiber Artist’s Path to Success with Diane Ivey

Every business has a story to tell about how it was started and the steps that were taken for it to ...

W01 Freeform Rigid Heddle Weaving with Angela Tong

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Shed #2T ...

W02 Pick-Up Patterns on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Angela Tong

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Shed #2No ...

W03 Clasped Warp Scarf (Rigid Heddle Loom) with Angela Tong

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Shed #2The cla ...

W04 Pin Loom Weaving with Angela Tong

Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Shed #2 ...

W05 Exploration of 3-D Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom with Esther Rodgers

Sunday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Shed #2W ...

xx-Sold Out-xx C01 You Want Me to Put My Hook WHERE? A Crochet Class with Edie Eckman

Friday, May 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Poplar ANo more "insert hook in next sti ...

xx-Sold Out-xx D01 The Science Behind the Magic of Acid Dyeing with Kimber Baldwin

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Blacksmith S ...

xx-Sold Out-xx D03 Kitchen Dyeing with Diane Ivey

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Blacksmith Sh ...

xx-Sold Out-xx D05 Acid Yarn Dyeing Workshop with Diane Ivey

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Blacksmith Shed ...

xx-Sold Out-xx F02 Demystifying Resists in Feltmaking – Take Your Feltmaking to New Levels with 3-D Techniques with Patti Barker

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Dining HallParticipants experien ...

xx-Sold Out-xx F08 Needle Felted Teacup Village Pincushion with Kristen Walsh

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows EIn this fun, fast paced ye ...

xx-Sold Out-xx K01 The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop with Franklin Habit

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair OfficeIf the prospect of m ...

xx-Sold Out-xx K02 The Knitted Crazy Quilt with Franklin Habit

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair OfficeThe crazy quilt was a ...

xx-Sold Out-xx K07 Mitered Entrelac Shawl with Laura Barker

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Bingo HallMitered entrelac is a ...

xx-Sold Out-xx K13 Carved in Wool: Bavarian Twisted Stitch with Franklin Habit

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair OfficeThe intriguing traveling ...

xx-Sold Out-xx K15 Now You See It, Now You Don’t with Franklin Habit

Friday, May 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair OfficeColor and texture meet an ...

xx-Sold Out-xx K16 History, Methods, and Styles of Lace Knitting with Franklin Habit

Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair OfficeIn this three-ho ...

xx-Sold Out-xx K17 Poor, Plain Garter Stitch with Franklin Habit

Saturday, May 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Fair OfficeSo often confined to th ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP01 Start Spinning with Maggie Casey

Wednesday & Thursday, April 29 & 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP02 Yarnitecture: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want with Jillian Moreno

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Ellicott RoomIs the yarn in your he ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP05 Drop Spindle Spinning with Maggie Casey

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum - SchoolhouseFor m ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP08 Fleece in Your Hands with Judith MacKenzie

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Belmont RoomThe Maryland Sheep &a ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP11 E-Spinners: Something Old and Something New with Judith MacKenzie

Wednesday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Belmont RoomWe humans have been spi ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP14 Spinning Cables with Judith MacKenzie

Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Belmont RoomCables are an incredibl ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP17 Sheep! Spinning Columbia with Judith MacKenzie

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Belmont RoomThis amazing sheep is o ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP19 Intuitive Spinning with Jillian Moreno

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turf Valley – Ellicott RoomIf you don’t like technic ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP20 Draft-O-Rama: Woolen and Worsted Prep and Draft with Jillian Moreno

Friday, May 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Ellicott RoomAre you new to spinning? Kno ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP21 Twist with Maggie Casey

Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum - Schoolhouse ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP22 Spinning Big and Lofty Yarns with Maggie Casey

Saturday, May 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum - SchoolhouseSof ...

xx-Sold Out-xx SP23 Sheep Breeds Walkabout with Judith MacKenzie

Sunday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Fairgrounds – Meet in front of the Fair Office ...

Food at the Festival

Saturday Shepherds Feast

It’s Saturday night at the Festival, you’re tired, hungry and need to relax. Join us for a wonde ...

Sunday Breakfast Buffet

A great way to fuel up for a long day of Festival fun!Adults: $15.00                 ...

Free Events & Demos

Antique Shearing Equipment Display

David and Nancy Greene of White Hall, Maryland will share their collection of late 19th century and ...

Featured Breed: Border Leicester

In partnership with the American Border Leicester Association, we are please to present Border Leice ...

Free Class: Basics of Cheesemaking

In this fun beginners class, led by Alicia Clugh of the Maryland Cheese Guild, you will learn all ab ...

Free Shepherd Seminar 1: Shepherd’s Chat with John Fichtner

Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Dining HallJohn will discuss and answer ...

Free Shepherd Seminar 2: Starting a Flock for Wool Production with Sue Blacker

Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Dining HallSue will cover why and how decisio ...

Junior Fleece-to-Shawl Demonstration

Join us in welcoming the Spinsters fiber team from the Fiber Arts 1 and 2 classes at the Avon Grove ...

Maryland Make It With Wool Fashion Show

Come see wool garments made by participants in the Maryland Make It With Wool Competition.Pictur ...

Ongoing Fiber Arts Demonstrations

You are invited to visit the Rabbit Barn any time between 9:00 a.m. and noon and between 1:00 and 4: ...

Parade of Sheep Breeds

The American sheep industry offers a wide range of genetic diversity. To celebrate that diversity an ...

Sheep Breeds Display

A rare opportunity to view over thirty different breeds of sheep in one place. Breeders will explain ...

Sheep Shearing Demonstrations

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is pleased to have Emily Chamelin Hickman of Westminster, Mar ...

Sheepdog Demonstrations

The Sheepdog Demonstrations at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival are always a crowd favorite. F ...

Spin-In

Bring your spinning wheel, spindle, or charka and join our fun and FREE gathering of fiber enthusias ...

Storytelling For All Ages with Tim Livengood

Tim Livengood is a storyteller since way back, learning from vinyl LPs on a record player. He is tha ...

Shepherd Workshops

Free Shepherd Seminar 1: Shepherd’s Chat with John Fichtner

Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Dining HallJohn will discuss and answer ...

Free Shepherd Seminar 2: Starting a Flock for Wool Production with Sue Blacker

Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Dining HallSue will cover why and how decisio ...

SW01 Breeding and Producing for Wool with Sue Blacker

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Home Arts BuildingStudents will look at the char ...

SW02 Shepherding Basics with Dr. Richard Barczewski

Friday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Show RingThis workshop is a must for novice sh ...

SW03 Basic Sheep Handling with Dr. Richard Barczewski

Friday, May 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Show RingThis is a session integral, but not es ...

Shows & Sales

All Breeds Sheep Show & Sale

Our successful All Breeds Sheep Show & Sale continues. Yearling ewes, fall ewe lambs and spring ...

Auction of Handspun Handwoven Shawls

Have you ever watched something develop right before your very eyes that was so beautiful it would f ...

Auction of Sheep Equipment and Supplies

Attention shepherds! Do you want some special equipment but hesitate to buy it new?  Here is your c ...

Auction of Spinning and Weaving Equipment

Have a loom or spinning wheel you’re no longer using? Looking for a new challenge instead? Now’s ...

Fleece Show & Sale

The Fleece Show & Sale has been a mainstay of the Festival since the very beginning over 45 year ...

Sheep Shows

Saturday, May 2, 2020 Saturday Morning Ring 1 Black Border Leicester Rambouillet Corriedale ...

Silent Auction of Fleece Show Special Award Winners

Selected Special Fleece Show Award winners from the Fleece Show & Sale will be placed on a separ ...

Booksignings

Meet the Author – David Greene

Meet David Greene, author of "The History of the Maryland Wool Pool". David will be signing books fr ...

Meet the Author – Roxanne Dean

Back again this year is Roxy Dean, author of 10 fiction/non-fiction books about dogs ("Where’s Har ...

Meet the Author – Tanis Gray

Joining us this year is knitting superhero Tanis Gray. Tanis lives in the DC Metro area with her fam ...

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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