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Contests & Competitions

Club Lamb Jackpot

The club lamb jackpot is a club lamb show where exhibitors pay a set entry fee and the winner gets t ...

Creative Shearing Competition

Join us for our first annual creative shearing competition, postponed from 2020. Not everyone can sh ...

Fine Arts Competition

New location for 2022 – Main Exhibition Annex This art competition is intended to encourage art ...

Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon

A skillathon provides youth with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in livestock ...

Junior Spinning Competition

New location for 2022 - Main Exhibition Annex The Junior Spinning Competition is for anyone under ...

Lead Line Competition

The Lead Line Competition is a intended to show the relationship between the shepherd and the wool p ...

Mamie Francis Blanket Competition

Mamie Francis was a weaver of small blankets or lap robes. She is remembered by her husband, daughte ...

Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador Competition

The 2022 Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador will be chosen at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festiv ...

Sheep Photo Competition

New location for 2022 – Main Exhibition Annex This competition is intended to encourage photogr ...

Sheep Promotion Competition

New location for 2022 – Main Exhibition Annex Formerly known as the Sheep Poster Competition, t ...

Sheep To Shawl Competition

New location for 2022 - Main Exhibition Annex Five team members - one shearer, three spinners, an ...

Skein & Garment Competition

This competition features a wide range of items handcrafted by spinners, knitters, weavers, crochete ...

Youth Conservationist Program

The Youth Conservationist Program (YCP) is an adult/youth mentoring program that enables young aspir ...

Family Activities

FA01 God’s Eye with Barbara Volk

The God's eye is a magical object, cultural and spiritual symbol for the Huichol and Tepehuan Indian ...

FA02 Twining with Barbara Volk

Twining is a simple finger weaving technique using a warp and weft where the weft threads are twiste ...

FA03 Lucet Braiding with Barbara Volk

The lucet is a tool used to create a braided cord from a single strand and can make braids which are ...

FA04 Exploring Simple Spinning with Kellie Nuss

You don’t need a wheel to spin! All over the world, in different places and at different times, pr ...

FA05 Exploring Simple Spinning with Kellie Nuss

You don’t need a wheel to spin! All over the world, in different places and at different times, pr ...

FA06 Quick to Crochet with Kellie Nuss

This class will explore the basics of crocheting as you begin a begin a practice piece that can beco ...

FA07 Quick to Knit with Kellie Nuss

Start a lifetime of fun by learning the basics of knitting as you start a bookmark or belt. All supp ...

FA08 Needle Felting with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

At the festival, we are surrounded by real livestock, so please join us to needle an animal mouthpie ...

FA09 Needle Felting with Renata Maile-Moskowitz

At the festival, we are surrounded by real livestock, so please join us to needle an animal mouthpie ...

FA10 Woven Bookmark with Barbara Volk

Learn the traditional art of weaving on a small scale by creating a bookmark on a simple loom. Ag ...

FA11 Hand Carding with Rhiannon Huscha

Learn several methods to hand card wool, using hand cards, a drum carder and a blending board. Learn ...

FA12 Soap Felting with Rhiannon Huscha

Want to start felting? Learn to felt wool with this felting project to make felted soaps. What is a ...

Food at the Festival

Saturday Shepherds Feast

It’s Saturday night at the Festival, you’re tired, hungry and need to relax. Join us for a wonde ...

Sunday Breakfast Buffet

A great way to fuel up for a long day of Festival fun! And it's Mother's Day, too. Why not treat Mom ...

Free Events & Demos

Featured Breed: Border Leicester

In partnership with the American Border Leicester Association, we are pleased to present Border Leic ...

Fiber Arts Demonstrations

New location for 2022 – Main Exhibition Annex You are invited to visit the Main Exhibition Anne ...

Free Class: Basics of Cheesemaking

In this fun beginners class, led by Alicia Clugh of the Maryland Cheese Guild, you will learn all ab ...

Maryland Make It With Wool Fashion Show

New location for 2022 – Main Exhibition Annex The annual Make It With Wool (MIWW) competition i ...

Njörðr’s Wanderers

Njörðr's Wanderers portrays a typical seasonal trading camp found along waterways from Dublin to H ...

Parade of Sheep Breeds

The American sheep industry offers a wide range of genetic diversity. To celebrate that diversity an ...

Sheep Breeds Display

A rare opportunity to view over thirty different breeds of sheep in one place. Breeders will explain ...

Sheep Shearing Demonstrations

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is pleased to have Emily Chamelin Hickman of Westminster, Mar ...

Sheepdog Demonstrations

The Sheepdog Demonstrations at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival are always a crowd favorite. F ...

Shepherd’s Chat with John Fichtner

John will discuss and answer questions about the environmentally restorative benefits of raising she ...

Spin-In

Bring your spinning wheel, spindle, or charka and join our fun and FREE gathering of fiber enthusias ...

Shepherd Workshops

CANCELLED – Free Shepherd Seminar – Selecting Sheep for Resistance to Internal Parasites with Susan Schoenian

Sorry, this seminar has been cancelled. Worms have developed resistance to all dewormers. Alternati ...

Free Shepherd Seminar – Adding Value To Wool with Emily Chamelin

Emily will discuss small steps that can make a big difference in adding value to your fleeces. She w ...

Free Shepherd Seminar – Alternative Parasite Control with an Emphasis on BioWorma® with Dr. Kwame Matthews

This talk will cover the use of plant products that may or may not work to control parasites, copper ...

Free Shepherd Seminar – Basic Pasture Management with Dr. Amanda Grev

A well-managed pasture is one of the most cost-effective and high value feeds that can be produced. ...

Free Shepherd Seminar – How to Set Up a Grazing System with Dr. Amanda Grev

Whether you are just getting started or are looking to make improvements, there are a lot of options ...

Free Shepherd Seminar – Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em with Cindra Kerscher

Looking for a fiber challenge with a purpose? Come learn about The Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ...

Shepherd’s Chat with John Fichtner

John will discuss and answer questions about the environmentally restorative benefits of raising she ...

Shows & Sales

All Breeds Sheep Show & Sale

Our successful All Breeds Sheep Show & Sale continues. Yearling ewes, fall ewe lambs and spring ...

Auction of Handspun Handwoven Shawls

Once a year, sheep breeders, shearers, spinners and weavers from up and down the Mid-Atlantic region ...

Auction of Sheep Equipment and Supplies

Attention shepherds! Do you want some special equipment but hesitate to buy it new?  Here is your c ...

Auction of Spinning and Weaving Equipment

Have a loom or spinning wheel you’re no longer using? Looking for a new challenge instead? Now’s ...

Fleece Show & Sale

The Fleece Show & Sale has been a mainstay of the Festival since the very beginning close to 50 ...

Sheep Shows

Saturday, May 7, 2022 Saturday Morning Ring 1 Black Border Leicester Rambouillet Corriedale ...

Authors' Tent

Meet the Author – Catherine Redford

English-born Catherine Redford is an award-winning fiber artist who loves to learn and pass that kno ...

Meet the Author – David Greene

David Greene is a former wool pool manager, shearer, and long-time Maryland Sheep Breeders Associati ...

Meet the Author – Roxanne Dean

Back again this year is Roxy Dean, author of 10 fiction/non-fiction books about dogs ("Where’s Har ...

Meet the Author – Tom Knisely

Talented Master Weaver Tom Knisely will be here both days to talk, sell and sign his books, includin ...

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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A preview of our in-person classes for 2023 has been posted at sheepandwool.org/2022-festival/fiber-arts-workshops/. Full class information will be posted once we work out a few more details. Registration will open on February 12. #mdsw #mdsw2023 #celebrating50years #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to our wonderful instructors - Maggie Casey. Jillian Moreno, Esther Rodgers, Kira Dulaney, Alasdair Post-Quinn, and Kristen Walsh - for teaching virtually for our second annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest. Thank you, too, Angela Muller, for your fabulous and informative lecture. And a resounding thank you to all the participants (and class assistants) that made Winterfest a success!See you at the live 50th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 6 & 7. The class listings for that should be posted in the next week or so. Registration will open on February 12. ... See MoreSee Less
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Be sure to visit the Maryland Make it with Wool booth in the Main Exhibition Annex at the Festival this year...I hear that in honor of the 50th annual festival, they are planning a display of 50 outfits from past competitions!We are cheering on Jessica - our Maryland Make it with Wool Junior Champion - as she competes in the National Make It With Wool Contest in Fort Worth, Texas! #marylandmakeitwithwool #nationalmakeitwithwool ... See MoreSee Less
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