Diversity & Inclusion

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival reflects traditions reaching back to the domestication of sheep some 10,000 years ago. Over thousands of years of human history people all over the world have shepherded and selectively bred sheep for various desired characteristics for food and fiber. Their work, their vision, their ingenuity and appreciation of the utility and aesthetic qualities of sheep and wool are the foundation of the spectacular array of breeds, and types and uses of wool, and technologies for working with wool, that we gather here to enjoy together. The festival connects us to this long history, to its diverse geographical and cultural roots, and to each other when we gather to immerse ourselves in sheep and wool. To us, this reflects an inherent inclusivity that is so deeply woven into the fabric of the Festival that perhaps we forget to say it.

global sheperds

The festival connects us to this long history, to its diverse geographical and cultural roots, and to each other when we gather to immerse ourselves in sheep and wool.

So, with open hearts we welcome all – shepherds, vendors, fiber artists, sheep and wool equipment crafters, festival visitors and volunteers. Whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever your heritage, your culture, your beliefs, or your lifestyle, we welcome you and join you in this immersion into sheep and wool, and into our celebration of a shared human history.

2022 Catalog Cover Artist

Susan Due Pearcy has lived in the Agricultural Reserve in Barnesville, Maryland for 27 years and enjoys having sheep grazing next door and fibre artist friends nearby. She is continually inspired in her art and life by the natural beauty of her surroundings and works plein air in oil and pastel and creates her printmaking in Sugarloaf Studio behind her home...

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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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It's only been a little over a month since the 2022 festival, but we are already making plans for our 50th anniversary festival in 2023. If you are interested in applying for a vendor booth at the 2023 festival, we are now accepting new vendor applications online at sheepandwool.wufoo.com/forms/2023-application-for-booth-space-new-vendor/. The deadline for applications is October 1. Photo Credit @philgrout #MDsheepwoolfest #mdsheepandwool #mdsheepandwoolfestival #50th #mdsw2023 ... See MoreSee Less
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