Festival Committee

It takes many hands to put on a festival. While not everyone here had a role in this year’s virtual festival, we want to 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 .

Chairperson: Gwen Handler
General Manager: Kris Thorne

Support Committees

Admission: Kris Thorne, Larry Fisher, Barbara Graybeal, Gwen Handler, Lee Langstaff

Catalog: Kris Thorne

Festival Farm Market: Jeff White, Carolann McConaughy

Finance: Kris Thorne, Leslie Bauer, Denise Ziegler

Food Vendor Booths: Rosita Underwood

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

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

Information Tent: Bethe Brekke, Barbara & Jack Graybeal, Denise Geiger, Tom Humpheys, Rowan Huy, Shellie Smith; Announcer: Doug Alexander

Kick-off Celebration: Gloria Mathews, Cynthia Koonce, Katie Lunemann, Liam McGovern, Molly McGovern, Lynn Rainsberger

Parking: Matt Benning

Recycling: Peter Austin, Elizabeth Thornton

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

Ribbons & Trophies: Jan Derry

Saturday Dinner/Sunday Breakfast: Shelly Auker

Security: Larry Fisher

Tents & Tables: Jan White

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

Volunteer Coordinator: Gwyneth Breyer

Educational Seminars & Demonstrations

Family Activities: Kellie Nuss, Helene Davis

Fiber Arts Demonstrations: Nora Miller

Fiber Arts Workshops: Lois Geer, Pamela Jenkins, Jean Beaudry, Jeanne Bohlen, Lisa Check, Sally Eller, Janet Garman, Frances Hartley, Pat Henley, Peggy Howell, Janet Lee, Victoria McKay, Yvonne Muise, Angela Muller, Nan Reinhardt, Gayle Roehm, Beth Truesdale, Mila Vascones-Gatski & John Gatski, Sara Watkins

Lamb Promotion & Education: Sharron & Don Pilson; Patricia, David, Ian & Ben Sanville; Karren Sowell

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

Sheep Breeds Display: Alex & Karren Sowell, Konnor Sowell

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

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

Shepherd Seminars & Workshops: Lee Langstaff, Polly Matzinger

Shows & Competitions

Club Lamb Jackpot: Robert Dinsmore, Charlotte Dinsmore

Creative Shearing Competition: Peter Austin

Fine Arts Competition: Kris Thorne

Fleece Show & Sale: Jill Arnold, Lee Langstaff, Judy Leece, María Barrerá-Oro, Carey Benadon, Kate Bostek, Alicia Clugh, Bonnie Frederick, Laurie Hynson, Pamela Jenkins, Elaine Parry, Beverly Swayze

Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon: Susan Schoenian, Ashley Travis

Junior Spinning Contest: Patricia, David, Ian & Ben Sanville; Rhiannon Huscha, Karyn Spertzel

Lead Line Contest: Karen Fleishell-Fought, John Fought

Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador Contest: Barbara Mullen, Karren Sowell

Sheep Photo Contest: Roxanne Dean, Mary Streaker

Sheep Poster Contest: Patricia Sanville

Sheep Shows: Mara Mullinix DVM, Amy Miller, Milleanne Mullinix, Meredith Null, Mary Rasche; Announcer: Tom Colyer

Sheep-to-Shawl Contest: Chris Gahs, Susan Withnell

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: Elaine Ashcraft, Michele Clawson, Alesia Moore

Other Events

Book Signings: Skye Anderson

Shepherds Auction: Joe & Debbie Frey, Dick & Loretta Gunberg, Gretchen Jahnke, Jim Miers, Chris Miller, Kathy Santo Cristo, Charles Turdo; Auctioneers: Jack Downin, Fred D. Parks

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

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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