New and Noteworthy for 2023

  • New admission fee – $10 per person per day 18 and older. Under 18 is still free. As we recover from three years of pandemic-related losses, and face steep increases in the costs of goods and services required to put on the Festival, we find we have no choice but to raise our admission fee if we want the Festival to remain sustainable for another 50 years. With free parking and free admission for everyone under the age of 18, even at $10 we feel we are still one of the best values around, and we hope that you do too.
  • Visit our 50th Anniversary Museum in the 4-H Hall and view our collection of catalogs, posters, t-shirts, and other memorabilia from the past 50 years. We will also have photographs, scrapbooks, and other archival materials on display. There will also be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Main Gate, and the official Opening Ceremony will be on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the rear of Main Exhibition Annex.
  • Featured Breed for 2023-Jacob. Learn about them in the Breed Display Barn (Barn 7-8 on the map).
  • See Antique Shearing Equipment from the late 19th century and 20th century on display in the Home Arts Building.
  • Free Shepherd Seminars on Saturday in the Dining Hall.
  • Learn why developing regional fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere is important to us all, what fibershed projects are happening in our region, and how you can participate in the sustainable fiber movement in “Embracing your Fibershed”, a free Fiber Arts lecture presented by the Chesapeake Fibershed on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the rear of the Main Exhibition Annex.
  • Special guests Njörðr’s Wanderers will be joining us again. Visit them near the Sheepdog Demonstrations to see a typical seasonal trading camp from the years 800-1000, complete with merchant’s booths and tents. There will be ongoing demonstrations of various crafts, including wood, metal, leather, and textile work.
  • New location for 2023 – The Authors’ Tent is moving indoors. It will now be called the Meet the Author booth and will be located in the Main Exhibition Annex.
  • Don’t forget, we now have picnic tables in the Rabbit Barn in case you need to stop and rest!


Registration for 2024 Fiber Arts Seminars Opening Soon

Registration will open on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Online entries are now being accepted for our 2024 Sheep Shows at The featured breed this year is Cotswold.Entry forms and rules and regulations are also available for download from our website:Rules and Regulations - Form - entry will be available through April 1st, 2024. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than April 1st, 2024. A $25.00 late fee will be assessed to all entries postmarked after April 1st (if space is available). NO entries will be accepted after April 10th.Photo courtesy of American Cotswold Record Association.#mdsw #mdsw2024 #sheepshows #featuredbreed #cotswoldsheep ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder -- Registration will open tomorrow, Saturday, February 17, at Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.These are in-person classes. They are held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland, and several nearby locations. We are offering 55 classes in all; subjects include crochet, dyeing, felting, fiber preparation, knitting, spinning, and weaving. Complete details of the classes can be downloaded from (this link is also available on our website).Many classes fill quickly, so don't miss out!#mdsw #mdsw2024 #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting #crochet #weaving ... See MoreSee Less
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