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 .

Chairperson: 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

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. & David Fry, Evelyne & Howard Bloomer, Simone & Victor Martinez

Information Tent: Bethe Brekke, Barbara & Jack Graybeal, Denise Geiger, Tom Humpheys, Rowan Huy, Penny Sica, Shellie Smith

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

Parking: Matt Benning

Recycling: TBD

Retail Sales: Shelly Auker, Anja Abbott, Rick Bontz, Elizabeth Carter, 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: TBD

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: TBD

Educational Seminars & Demonstrations

Family Activities: Kellie Nuss, Helene Davis

Fiber Arts Demonstrations: Nora Miller

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

Lamb Promotion & Education: Sharron & Don Pilson; Patricia & David 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: Susan Schoenian, Rachel Adra

Shows & Competitions

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

Creative Shearing Competition: Peter Austin

Fine Arts Competition: Jan Derry, Pauline Hood, Stephanie Norris

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

Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon: Susan Schoenian, Ashley Travis

Junior Spinning Competition: Patricia &, David Sanville, Rhiannon Huscha, Karyn Spertzel

Lead Line Competition: Karen Fleishell-Fought, John Fought

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

Sheep Photo Competition: Roxanne Dean, Mary Streaker

Sheep Promotion Competition: Jan Derry, Patricia Sanville, Elaine Reedy

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

Sheep-to-Shawl Competition: Chris Gahs, Beverly Betz, 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


All Breeds Sheep Sale: Mara Mullinix DVM, Banner Sale Management

Authors’ Tent: Skye Anderson, Debra Drake

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

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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If you didn't brave the weather to come to last week's festival, but still want a festival t-shirt, you're in luck. Our online store at is being restocked with 2022 merchandise and should be ready by Monday, May 16, 2022 (they just need a little time to unpack the boxes that came back from the festival and see what's what). If memory serves, they will have two colors of short sleeve tees, a long sleeve tee, hats, aprons, fleece vests, sling bags and cinch sack/backpacks. Sorry, the large canvas tote bags are all gone.The online store is at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/. You can also purchase these items in person at the Ceresville New Holland, Inc./Sheepman Supply Co. showroom in Frederick, Maryland. #mdsw2022 #festivalgear ... See MoreSee Less
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If you or anyone else receives an email claiming to be able to sell you a list of attendees of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, please ignore it as IT IS A SCAM. It has come to our attention that companies are emailing some of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s exhibitors and attendees, claiming to offer our attendee email list. This is a common occurrence with large conferences and trade shows in recent years.It is our policy to NEVER sell, rent, or share attendee contact information. No company is authorized to distribute or sell any email lists of Festival attendees. The Festival is not providing this list nor generating these messages. How did they get your email? Software programs can crawl websites in search of email addresses that are listed on them (identifiable by the @ sign).If you receive an email offering to sell you a list of Festival attendees, do not respond to it. By responding—even with a request to unsubscribe—you confirm that your email address is a valid one, which may increase the likelihood that you’ll be contacted again. ... See MoreSee Less
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This little lost lamb kid's mitten was turned in to the Lost & Found and would like to find it's mate. There is also a handmade shawlette someone might be missing, along with the usual random assortment of items -- reading glasses, etc. -- and, no surprise, a folding umbrella and a pair of rubber boots. Message me or email if any of these sound like they might belong to you, or if there is something else you would like me to check for. #mdsw2022 #lostandfound ... See MoreSee Less
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