Festival Committee

It takes many hands to put on a festival. With gratitude we acknowledge the work done by the tireless members of our standing committees, this year and every year.

If you are interested in joining us and getting a behind-the-scenes peek at the Festival, please contact .

Chairman: Gwen Handler
General Manager: Kris Thorne

Support Committees

Catalog: Kris Thorne

Festival Farm Market: Jeff White, Carolann McConaughy

Finance: Kris Thorne, Leslie Bauer, Denise Ziegler

Food Vendor Booths: Rosita Underwood

Greeters: Kim Spanos-Telsing

Grounds: Larry Fisher, Matt Benning, Rick Bontz, Gary & Liz Cavey, Tom Mullinix, Larry Pugh and family, Larry Raskin, Ridgely Thompson, Greg Thorne, Adam Willie

Home Arts Building: Nancy & David Greene, Lisa Wheeler

Hospitality: Mary K. & David Fry, Evelyne & Howard Bloomer, Simone & Victor Martinez

Information Tent: Bethe Brekke; Barbara, Jack, and Ariella Graybeal; Denise Geiger; Rowan Huy; Penny Sica; Shellie Smith

Kick-off Celebration: Gloria Mathews, Cynthia Koonce, Karen Melchar, Meg Quinn

Parking: Matt Benning

Retail Sales: Elizabeth Carter, Anja Abbott, Rick Bontz, Cody Chung, Laura Eisenman, Gwen Handler, Dolores Harris, Amber Markel, Rivkah Mentzer, Nancy Norris, Stephanie Norris, Jessica Raskin, Larry Raskin, Judy Seymour, Kris Thorne, Adam Willie

Ribbons & Trophies: Jan Derry

Saturday Dinner/Sunday Breakfast: Vacancy

Security: Larry Fisher

Tents & Tables: Jan White

Vendor Booths: Jan White, Gwen Handler, Pat Kohler, Lee Langstaff, Angela Muller, Kris Thorne, Marjorie Warden, Jennie White, Denise Ziegler

Volunteer Coordinator: Kim Spanos-Telsing

Educational Seminars & Demonstrations

Family Activities: Kellie Nuss, Ashley Tipton

Fiber Arts Demonstrations: Nora Miller

Fiber Arts Workshops: Lois & Bryan Geer, Pamela Jenkins, Jeanne Bohlen, Lisa Check, Sally Eller, Janet Garman, Mary Hall, Frances Hartley, Pat Henley, Peggy Howell, Janet Lee, Loren Lynch, Deanna Moore, Andrea Peart, Nan Reinhardt, Gayle Roehm, Beth & Doc Truesdale, Mila Vascones-Gatski & John Gatski, Sara Watkins

Lamb Promotion & Education: MSBA

Maryland Make It With Wool: Judy Williamson, Linda Brown, Amanda Clougherty, Jamie Frank, Donna Gill, Laura Kefauver, Breanne Lippy Hitch, Jeanne Lippy

Sheep Breeds Display: Alex, Karren, & Konnor Sowell

Sheep Shearing Demonstrations: Emily Chamelin Hickman, Martin & Ruth Chamelin

Working Sheepdog Demonstrations: Nancy Starkey, A.J. Hesketh-Tutton

Shepherd Seminars & Workshops: Susan Schoenian

Shows & Competitions

Club Lamb Jackpot: Robert Dinsmore, Jamie Dinsmore, Kelly Kalf

Creative Shearing Competition: Peter Austin, Lydia Chamelin, Lizzy Miller, Milleanne Mullinix

Fine Arts Competition: Michele McGuinness

Fleece Show & Sale: Lee Langstaff, Beverly Swayze, Jill Arnold, Kate Bostek, Alicia Clugh, Bonnie Frederick, Mary Henze, Laurie Hynson, Judy Leece, Maris Miles, Elaine Parry, Kim Radcliffe

Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon: Susan Schoenian, Ashley Travis

Junior Spinning Competition: Rhiannon Huscha, Karyn Spertzel

Lead Line Competition: Karen Fleishell-Fought, John Fought

Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador Competition: Amy & Annabelle Miller, Linda Martin

Sheep Photo Competition: Roxanne Dean

Sheep Promotion Competition: Jan Derry

Sheep Shows: Mara Mullinix DVM, Amy Miller, Lizzie Miller, Milleanne Mullinix, Meredith Null, Mary Rasche

Sheep-to-Shawl Competition: Susan Withnell, Rachel Adra

Skein & Garment Competition: Angela Collison, Terry Collison, Carol Bailey, Joanna Crosby, Bonnie Lease, Fred Lease, Judy Rhoades, Betsy Szkil,
Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore

Youth Conservationist Program: Lydia Smith, Elaine Ashcraft


Meet the Author: Skye Anderson, Keighley Westhaver

Shepherds Auction: Joe & Debbie Frey, Dick & Loretta Gunberg, Gretchen Jahnke, Jim Miers, Chris Miller, Kathy Santo Cristo, Charles Turdo

Spin-In: Nancy Norris, Stephanie Norris, Janet Alger, Wendy Carballo, Karen Clough, Rivkah Mentzer, LeeAnne Roberts

2023 Featured Breed: Jacob

Learn more about the Jacob breed and talk to JSBA members in the Breed Display Barn (Barn 7-8 on the map) while you are at the Festival.

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Note from the festival office - Fleece Show & Sale checks (premiums and fleece sale proceeds) have all been delivered to the post office. Auction checks and checks for Sheep Show premiums have all been written and signed and are in the process of being stuffed into envelopes (fingers crossed that I don't run out of envelopes before Staples delivers more on Monday). Factoid - those three categories generated a total of 300 checks, which is a stack almost 2" high. Waiting for payment information from the Skein & Garment committee so I can write checks for their special prizes. Ditto for payments to the Sheep-to-Shawl teams. ... See MoreSee Less
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In case you missed our earlier announcement, we are now accepting orders for a second printing of large tote bags and moss green t-shirts at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/. Orders will be accepted through COB on Wednesday, May 24th. After that time, the order will go to the printer. They have given us a turn around time of around 2 weeks to have the items printed. Once we have the shirts in hand, we will start shipping to fulfill the orders. Your credit card will not be charged until your order ships. Note: The "guesstimated" shipping fee that is computer generated by the online sales platform at the time of your order tends to run high. You will likely notice the actual charge when your order is shipped is considerably less. Store pickup at the Sheepman Supply showroom in Frederick, MD is also possible; put "store pick up" in special instructions when you check out and you won't be charged the shipping. #mdsw #mdsw2023 #festivalgear #celebrating50years ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to the overwhelming popularity of our 50th anniversary items, we are now accepting orders for a second printing of select items at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/. The order period will run until COB on Wednesday, May 24, at which time we will send the order off to the screen printing company. The delivery time will run 2-4 weeks from that point. These second printing items are limited to the large boat tote bag and a short-sleeve t-shirt in Moss green. The shirts are a ComfortWash by Hanes garment-dyed t-shirts in 5.5 ounce, 100% ring-spun cotton and standard unisex sizing, sizes S to 3X. All sales on this second printing will be final (no returns or exchanges). There is also a small quantity of already-printed items available on a first-come, first- served basis until supplies are exhausted:Short-sleeve t-shirt in “Indigo Blue” – Small (16), Medium (14), Large (8), XL (6), 2X (4), 4X (4), 5X (2)Hooded long-sleeve t-shirt in “Saltwater” – Small (6), Medium (4), Large (4), XL (8)Large boat tote bags (8) – these are the same mentioned above“Peacock” blue backpack (13)“Red Rock” beach wash shoulder tote (6)Large posters (12)Small posters (7)These are the same items that were available online prior to the festival and were also sold at the festival. Pickup at Sheepman Supply in Frederick, MD is available. Put “Store Pick Up” in special instructions when you check out and you won’t be charged the shipping. Thank you for your patience while we worked out these details.#mdsw #mdsw2023 #celebrating50years #festivalgear ... See MoreSee Less
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