New and Noteworthy for 2021

Of course, the big news is that we are going virtual again this year. Last year, the virtual festival was pulled together at the last minute. This year, with a little more time to plan, we have been able to incorporate more of your favorite parts of the Festival. Sadly, a few things, like the Sheep Shows and equipment auctions, are going to have to wait until we return to an in-person format, but there’s still plenty to do!

Go to our Virtual Festival Home Page to immerse yourself in the Festival experience!

Here are some of the things we have planned:

  • Virtual Vendor Marketplace
  • Virtual Fleece Sale
  • Virtual Breed Display Barn
  • Online store for Festival merchandise

Real-time online events

Competitions you can enter

You’ll also be able to view the entries and placings online during the virtual Festival!

On-demand recorded demonstrations and events

  • Sheep Shearing
  • Sheepdogs
  • Making truffles with goat or sheep cheese
  • Fleece-to-Shawl team videos and judging video
  • Make It With Wool Fashion Show
  • Author Interviews and Children’s Book Readings

Other fun stuff

Facebook Online Community

Our Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Online Community Facebook group was an integral part of last year’s virtual festival and has continued to be active since then. It currently has 11,500+ members and continues to grow. Many vendors will be posting about their wares and shoppers will definitely be sharing the treasures they’ve found. If you do Facebook, we encourage you to join this group. It’s the closest thing you will get to strolling around the festival and rubbing elbows with your fellow shoppers.

How you can help the Festival

Make a Donation

Your donations help us continue to produce this great event, and are needed now more than ever in light of the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 Festivals. Donate here.

Buy Festival Gear

Purchase 2021 “Staying Home and Staying Safe Until 2022” t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, posters and note cards, now available in our online store.

Bid on a shawl in the Fleece-to-Shawl Auction

The shawls from the Fleece-to-Shawl Competition will be auctioned off online at Bidding will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. Bid generously! A portion of all sales goes to the Festival.

Vote for your favorite entries in the Skein & Garment “Show and Tell” Fundraiser

Vote at Voting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 and end at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.

Each vote costs $1, and there is no limit to the number of votes you may cast during the voting period. You must purchase a minimum of five votes at a time for a minimum charge of $5. Net proceeds go towards replacing income lost through two years of virtual festivals.

Vote early and often – your votes help support the future of the festival!

Buy a Catalog

If you would like a souvenir of this year’s event, we still have 2021 catalogs left (since we had to guess in advance how many to print). They also make a handy reference throughout the year. We’d hate to send them to be recycled, so why not order one today at

Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, felting, and crochet classes on January 29 and 30, 2022.

Registration is now open!

Schedule of Events

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Next Sunday, as part of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest, we are pleased to offer a free keynote lecture entitled "The Cultural History of Natural Dyes" with Pat Brodowski. Mankind has desired colorful textiles for thousands of years. Color was highly valued and dye materials and techniques were often held secret. Pat shares the history from a European perspective: listen to the story of a secret 20 step formula for red – stolen by memorization; of the newest purple transported in the ballast of pirate ships; of the brilliant orange and magenta face paints taken by Spanish invaders, and of the young woman who created the indigo plantations of South Carolina. Find out which colors were common or royal, foraged or treasured. Your view of historic fashion will be changed forever. Pat's popular natural dyes workshops have been presented at Monticello, Montpelier, Common Ground on the Hill, and to local fiber arts groups. She is fascinated with the historic perspective on color in textiles and with all things botanical. Pat loves to share her knowledge of these things with others. This is a free virtual event. For more information and to register go to ... See MoreSee Less
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We still have spaces open in a few classes for next weekend's Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest -- Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022. You can still sign up for:o Crocheted Lace with Kira Dulaneyo Correcting (and Avoiding) Knitting Mistakes with Kira Dulaney (5 spots left)o Needle Felted Snowman with Kristen Walsh (5 spots left)There will also be a free keynote lecture on Sunday, The Cultural History of Natural Dyes with Pat Brodowski. Preregistration is required.Register for #mdsw2022winterfest at ahead to our in-person classes in May - the class listing should be up on our website in the next week or two, and registration will open on February 20. ... See MoreSee Less
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