New and Noteworthy for 2020

Festival Hours and Admission Fee

Admission Fee

  • $5 per person per day-18 and older
  • Under 18 free

Ticket Sales

  • In advance- $1.27 processing fee applies. There will be separate lane(s) to have advance tickets scanned.
  • At the gate-cash or check only. There will be an exact change lane, so bring your $5 bills!


  • Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. NO EARLY ADMISSION.
  • Gates open at 7:00 a.m. Sunday to accommodate Breakfast Buffet attendees.
  • Vendors open at 8:30 a.m. both days.

Featured Breed: Border Leicester

In partnership with the American Border Leicester Association, we are pleased to present Border Leicester as our 2020 Featured Breed. Learn about them in the Breed Display Barn (Barn 7-8 on the map). There will also be special Border Leicester prizes in the Fleece Show & Sale and Skein & Garment Competition.

Special Gotland Classes in the Fleece Show & Sale

This year there are special classes in the Fleece Show & Sale as part of the American Gotland Sheep Society (AGSS) National Fleece Show. Classes for Gotland fleeces will include: Adult rams and wethers, adult ewes, yearling fleeces (either sex) and lamb fleeces (either sex).

New Authors’ Tent

This year we will be holding book signings in the new Authors’ Tent under the flagpole in front of the 4-H Hall.

Antique Shearing Equipment Display

Again this year, David and Nancy Greene of White Hall, Maryland will share their collection of late 19th century and 20th century equipment used to shear sheep and clip cows and horses. On display in the Home Arts Building.

New Entry Times for Competitions in the Bingo Hall

On Friday, May 1, entries will be accepted as follows:

  • Skein & Garment Competition, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sheep Photo Competition, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. **Note New Time**
  • Sheep Poster Competition, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
  • Fine Arts Competition, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. **Note New Time**

Special 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 Charter School in West Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania, who will be doing a Fleece-to-Shawl Demonstration. Starting with an unwashed fleece, they will spin yarn and weave a shawl all within a few hours. Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Barn 7-8.

New Creative Shearing Competition

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!

Free Class – The Basics of Cheesemaking

In this fun beginners class, led by Alicia Clugh of the Maryland Cheese Guild, you will learn all about how milk becomes cheese. Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in the 4-H Hall. This two-hour class is offered free of charge. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Shepherd Seminars & Workshops

Pre-Festival Shepherd Workshops

Free Shepherd Seminars

Sunday Fiber Arts Lectures

Fee: $5, payable at the door on a first come, first served basis.

Schedule Changes for Sheep-to-Shawl Competition and Club Lamb Jackpot

The Sheep-to-Shawl Competition will now start at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday in Barn 7-8. The Club Lamb Jackpot will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Show Ring.

Demonstrations in the Festival Farm Market

Come to the Big Tent in the Festival Farm Market, located just inside the main gate, for cooking and cheesemaking demonstrations with local chefs and cheesemakers. Check the sign board outside the tent for demonstration times.

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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