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
- Fiber Arts Seminars (Monday – Friday)
- Fiber Arts Demonstrations and Lectures
- Family Activities (pre-register by 4/15/21)
- Shepherd Seminars
- Junior Spinning Competition (entry deadline 4/21/21)
- Saturday Night Spin-In
Competitions you can enter
- Fine Arts Competition (entry deadline 4/17/21)
- Fleece-to-Shawl Competition (entry deadline 4/16/21)
- Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon (entry deadline 4/20/21)
- Lead Line Competition (entry deadline 4/17/21)
- Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador Competition (entry deadline 4/21/21)
- Sheep Photo Competition (entry deadline 4/17/21)
- Sheep Promotion Competition (formerly Sheep Poster Competition) (entry deadline 4/17/21)
You’ll also be able to view the entries and placings online during the virtual Festival!
On-demand recorded demonstrations and events
- Sheep Shearing
- 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
- Online auction of handspun handwoven shawls from the Fleece-to-Shawl Competition
- Just-for-fun Skein & Garment Show and Tell Fundraiser (entry deadline 4/30/21)
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 biddingowl.com/MarylandSheepWoolFestival. 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 https://www.gogophotocontest.com/sheepandwool. 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 https://sheepandwool.org/purchase-a-catalog/?