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.

Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest 2023!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, and felting classes on January 28 and 29.

Registration opens November 19.

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Announcing the second annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest, two days of virtual fiber arts seminars, on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2023. Topics covered include felting, spinning and knitting (one of the knitting classes is also suitable for crochet) and instructors include Jillian Moreno, Kristen Walsh, Maggie Casey, Kira Dulaney, Alasdair Post-Quinn, and Esther Rodgers. View the complete schedule at sheepandwool.org/winterfest-2023/.Registration opens tomorrow, Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 pm ET at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool. Complete class descriptions will be available at that time. #MDSW #winterfest2023 ... See MoreSee Less
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Don't forget - 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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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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