Shepherd Workshops & Seminars

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For 2020, we are offering three pre-festival Shepherd Workshops as well as two free Shepherd Seminars during Festival weekend. Pre-registration is required for the workshops. No registration is necessary for the free Shepherd Seminars.

Registration Information

We are again offering online registration with a paper registration option. Refer to online registration instructions for information about registering online. All online and paper registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled. Paper registrations received after classes are filled will be returned.

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 ...

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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