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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Since we weren't able to have a Breed Display Barn this year, some of you might be interested in this webinar that the American Sheep Industry Association recently sponsored.

"In this webinar we explore the amazing diversity of heritage sheep breeds found in America and how many are making a remarkable comeback as interest grows in small scale shepherding and in natural fiber arts. We discuss the decades long effort to bring rare sheep back from the brink of extinction and current efforts to develop new markets for their products. Learn about the conservation work and then listen to experiences of several rare breed sheep farmers as they recount the journey they have undertaken with their amazing sheep breeds"
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Attention please! We ended up with a small quantity of 2020 merchandise left over from our virtual festival order. This includes short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, sling bags, backpacks, posters, note cards and enamel pins. Sorry, no mugs, and not all sizes are available in the shirts and sweatshirts.

You can view these items at, but because of the limited quantities you CANNOT ORDER THEM ONLINE. All items will be sold by telephone order ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Orders will be accepted by Sheepman Supply at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. I repeat, orders will be accepted by TELEPHONE ONLY at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

This may be your last chance to get 2020 Festival merchandise!
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