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 .

Co-Chairs: Lee Langstaff, Jeff White
Chairman Emeritus: Gwen Handler
Festival Manager: Wistie Brown
Administrative Assistant: Kris Thorne


Support Committees

Catalog, Advertising, and Sponsorship: Kris Thorne

Catering Coordinator: Frances Hartley

Festival Farm Market: Jeff White, Carolann McConaughy

Finance Team: Alex Roberts, 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 & Family, Larry Raskin, Ridgely Thompson, Greg Thorne, Adam Willie

Home Arts Building: Nancy & David Greene, Jennifer Kreitzer, Lisa Wheeler

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

Hotel Arrangements: Meghan Quinn

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

Kick-off Celebration: Gloria Mathews, Maria Cruz, Cynthia Koonce, Karen Melchar, Erin Owens, Meghan Quinn

Parking: Matt Benning

Retail Sales: Kris & Greg Thorne

Ribbons & Trophies: Jan Derry

Saturday Dinner/Sunday Breakfast: Meghan Quinn

Security: Larry Fisher

Social Media: Kellie Nuss

Tents & Tables: Jan White

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

Volunteer Coordinator: Kim Spanos-Telsing

Website: Kris Thorne


Educational Seminars & Demonstrations

Family Activities: Kellie Nuss, Erica Lockney

Fiber Arts Demonstrations: Nora Miller

Fiber Arts Seminars: Lois & Bryan Geer, Pamela Jenkins, Sally Eller, Kristi Greenstein, 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: Kate Warner

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, Martin & Ruth Chamelin

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

Shepherd Seminars & Workshops: Susan Schoenian, Patty Sanville


Shows & Competitions

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

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

Fine Arts Competition: Michele McGuinness

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

Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon: Ashley Travis, Susan Schoenian

Junior Spinning Competition: Rhiannon Huscha, Karyn Spertzel

Lead Line Competition: Karen Fleishell-Fought, John Fought

Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador Competition: Amy & Annabelle Miller

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, Heidi Brown, Erica Jacobs, Jennifer Moats, Judy Rhoades, Karyn Spertzel, Betsy Szkil, Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore

Youth Conservationist Program: Lydia Smith, Elaine Ashcraft, Sheena Dury, Heidi Hileman, Melissa Mitchell


Other

Meet the Author: Skye Anderson,

Shepherds Auction: Chairman: TBD, Joe 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

2024 tickets and catalogs now on sale!

Tickets and catalogs for the 2024 festival are now on sale at https://mswf2024.eventbrite.com.

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Want to add to your collection, or just want to read about the 2024 Festival at your leisure? We are now taking orders for the 2024 catalog at at mswf2024.eventbrite.com/. Festival tickets are on sale there now, too!While many festivals have switched to digital catalogs, we feel strongly that our print catalog is an important part of our identity and are continuing this long-standing tradition. However, because of the costs involved, we have increased the fee for postage and handling to $10.00. A $2.45 Eventbrite processing fee applies, If you prefer to pay by check, you can download a catalog order form from our website at sheepandwool.org/purchase-a-catalog/. New this year: We have instituted a deadline of MARCH 15 for all catalog orders. There will also be a pdf version of the full catalog available on our website around mid-March. We are now suggesting a $5.00 donation for catalogs picked up at the Festival. Quantities will be limited; the catalogs will be available in the T-Shirt Sales building while supplies last. #mdsw #mdsw2024 ... See MoreSee Less
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Only 70 more days to wait! Tickets and catalogs are now on sale for our 51st annual festival on May 4 & 5, 2024. We continue to be challenged by increases in the costs of goods and services required to put on a festival of this size. This has led to the inevitable need to again raise our admission fee. Rest assured we are continuously evaluating the cost of Festival events while searching for ways to increase efficiency and minimize expenses. At the same time, we are not losing sight of fulfilling our mission as a non-profit agricultural organization of public promotion and education about sheep and wool. With free parking and free admission for everyone under the age of 18, we feel we are still one of the best values around, and we hope that you do too. Admission fees this year:18 and older:--$12.50 per person per day when purchased online --$15.00 per person per day at the gate Under 18 free Tickets are available online at mswf2024.eventbrite.com/. A $2.61 processing fee applies. There will be separate lanes to have these eTickets scanned, which we anticipate will move faster than the lanes for people paying at the gate. At the gate: cash or check only, please. Exact change appreciated. There will be a dedicated exact change lane. We are also accepting catalog orders at mswf2024.eventbrite.com/. While many festivals have switched to digital catalogs, we feel strongly that our print catalog is an important part of our identity and are continuing this long-standing tradition. However, because of the costs involved, we have increased the fee for postage and handling to $10.00. A $2.45 Eventbrite processing fee applies, and we have instituted a deadline of March 15 for catalog orders. There will also be a pdf version of the full catalog available on our website around mid-March. We are now suggesting a $5.00 donation for catalogs picked up at the Festival. Quantities will be limited; the catalogs will be available in the T-Shirt Sales building while supplies last. We know that some people will be unhappy with these changes, especially those who have been around long enough to remember when both admission and catalogs were free. Please be kind in your comments. We are truly doing the best that we possibly can to ensure that we continue to produce a quality event that will continue for years to come.#MDSW2024 ... See MoreSee Less
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Online entries are now being accepted for our 2024 Sheep Shows at sheepandwool.fairwire.com/. The featured breed this year is Cotswold.Entry forms and rules and regulations are also available for download from our website:Rules and Regulations - sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/MSWF-2024-Exhibitor-Letter.pdfEntry Form - sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/MSWF-2024-Sheep-Show-Entry-Form.pdfOnline entry will be available through April 1st, 2024. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than April 1st, 2024. A $25.00 late fee will be assessed to all entries postmarked after April 1st (if space is available). NO entries will be accepted after April 10th.Photo courtesy of American Cotswold Record Association.#mdsw #mdsw2024 #sheepshows #featuredbreed #cotswoldsheep ... See MoreSee Less
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