48th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Maryland, December 4, 2020 — For the second year in a row, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival will be held virtually. The 48th annual festival will be held on May 1st and 2nd, 2021, with most events happening online. The Festival theme will be “Staying Home and Staying Safe until 2022”.

“Because we usually bring tens of thousands of people together from across the country and around the globe for one weekend, holding the festival as a virtual event in 2021 is the only responsible decision we could make”, said Festival Chairman Gwen Handler and Maryland Sheep Breeders Association President Jeff White in announcing the decision. “By making this decision now, we will be able to focus all of our talents and energies into making this the best virtual festival we can.” 

According to General Manager Kris Thorne, “We will build upon what we did for the 2020 virtual festival by incorporating more of our contests, competitions, and educational events than time permitted us to do last year. The vendor marketplace and virtual fleece sale will be back; we will have new artwork and will produce our printed catalog, which has become a cherished keepsake for many; and we will again have t-shirts, tote bags and other festival memorabilia for sale in our online store.”

Stay tuned for further information as plans unfold, and connect with us on social media https://www.facebook.com/MarylandSheepandWoolFestival and https://www.facebook.com/groups/mswfOnlineCommunity.

Check back on May 1, when we will be unveiling our “Virtual Information Tent”, your roadmap to the virtual festival.

In the meantime, visit our New and Noteworthy page for a sneak peek at what we have planned.

2022 Catalog Cover Artist

Susan Due Pearcy has lived in the Agricultural Reserve in Barnesville, Maryland for 27 years and enjoys having sheep grazing next door and fibre artist friends nearby. She is continually inspired in her art and life by the natural beauty of her surroundings and works plein air in oil and pastel and creates her printmaking in Sugarloaf Studio behind her home...

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Reminder - The deadline to submit teaching proposals for the 2023 Festival is July 15.The Fiber Arts Seminar Committee invites instructors from every heritage, culture, belief system, and lifestyle to submit a teaching proposal. If you are interested in offering a seminar, class, or lecture at the 2023 Festival, please use the Online Proposal Form at sheepandwool.wufoo.com/forms/request-for-proposals-2023-fiber-arts-seminars/.#MDsheepwoolfest #mdsheepandwool #mdsheepandwoolfestival #mdsw2023 #fiberartseminars ... See MoreSee Less
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It's only been a little over a month since the 2022 festival, but we are already making plans for our 50th anniversary festival in 2023. If you are interested in applying for a vendor booth at the 2023 festival, we are now accepting new vendor applications online at sheepandwool.wufoo.com/forms/2023-application-for-booth-space-new-vendor/. The deadline for applications is October 1. Photo Credit @philgrout #MDsheepwoolfest #mdsheepandwool #mdsheepandwoolfestival #50th #mdsw2023 ... See MoreSee Less
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If you didn't get a 2022 catalog and are interested in having one, we still have about 50 of them left. There is a $5.00 fee to cover shipping costs. You can order one using the form at sheepandwool.org/purchase-a-catalog/ (be sure to indicate "2022” where it asks for the catalog year), or via PayPal at paypal.me/MdSheepandWool (include “2022 catalog” in the “add a note” field). #mdsw2022 #catalog #lastchancetobuy ... See MoreSee Less
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