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.

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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.

Proposals for 2022 Fiber Arts Seminars now being accepted

We are now accepting proposals for fiber arts seminars to be held in conjunction with the 49th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, which will take place in person on May 7 & 8, 2022 in West Friendship, Maryland. Many seminars will be held Wednesday-Friday of the week leading up to the festival; all seminars will be held in person. The Fiber Arts Seminar Committee invites instructors from every heritage, culture, belief system, and lifestyle to submit a proposal.

Submit your proposal(s) here.

The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15.…

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