Maryland Sheep Breeders Association

www.marylandsheepbreeders.org

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is the flagship event of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA). The association also organizes the annual Maryland Shearing School in early spring as well as a range of sheep, wool, and lamb promotional and educational activities; a scholarship fund; and an annual members’ dinner in October.

Officers

President: Jeffrey White
Vice President: Andrew Keller
Treasurer: Colleen Histon
Secretary: Carolann McConaughy

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Chairperson

Gwen Handler

2021 Directors

Ken Farrell
Gwen Handler
Meredith Null
Lynn Roberts

2022 Directors

Sarah Campbell
Ollie King
Nancy Starkey
Lisa Westra

2023 Directors

Steve Breeding
AJ Hesketh-Tutton
Polly Matzinger
Patricia Sanville

Membership

Anyone with an interest in sheep and sheep-related topics, products, markets, or activities is welcome to join the MSBA. You don’t need to own or breed sheep or even reside in Maryland. If you want to join a community that shares a passion for this amazing and useful animal, its related products, businesses, or activities, MSBA would be happy to have you. Whether you are a farmer, shepherd, spinner, knitter, dyer, chef, student, or animal lover; or a sheep, wool, dairy or agriculture-related business; or just interested in learning about any of these – you are welcome to the MSBA community and resources!

As a member you will:

  • Join an active and friendly community of shepherds and others
  • Support the core activities of the MSBA
  • Receive the Maryland Sheep News, an informative newsletter that is emailed to all MSBA members three times a year
  • Receive regular publications from the American Sheep Industry Association
  • Receive priority consideration for enrollment in the Maryland Shearing School (applicable only if you own sheep), and your family members will be given priority consideration for the annual MSBA scholarship
  • Receive free admission to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
  • Receive a free copy of the Festival catalog by mail
  • Pay a reduced commission on any fleeces consigned for sale at the Festival’s Fleece Show & Sale (membership must be current as of April 1)
  • Be able to promote your farm or business through a free profile page on the MSBA website, marylandsheepbreeders.org.

Annual membership dues are $25. The membership year runs from October through September. Dues received before June 1, 2021 will be recorded as paid through September 30, 2021. Dues for new memberships received on or after June 1 will be recorded as paid through September 30, 2022.

County Associations

Frederick County Sheep Breeders

Patricia Sanville, President

Dedicated to all things related to sheep and goats. Offering a variety of opportunities to our members, and educational and community experiences to those interested in learning more about the sheep and goats we raise. Membership is not limited to Frederick County residents. Find us at www.fredericksheepbreeders.com

Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, felting, and crochet classes on January 29 and 30, 2022.

Registration is now open!

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Next Sunday, as part of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest, we are pleased to offer a free keynote lecture entitled "The Cultural History of Natural Dyes" with Pat Brodowski. Mankind has desired colorful textiles for thousands of years. Color was highly valued and dye materials and techniques were often held secret. Pat shares the history from a European perspective: listen to the story of a secret 20 step formula for red – stolen by memorization; of the newest purple transported in the ballast of pirate ships; of the brilliant orange and magenta face paints taken by Spanish invaders, and of the young woman who created the indigo plantations of South Carolina. Find out which colors were common or royal, foraged or treasured. Your view of historic fashion will be changed forever. Pat's popular natural dyes workshops have been presented at Monticello, Montpelier, Common Ground on the Hill, and to local fiber arts groups. She is fascinated with the historic perspective on color in textiles and with all things botanical. Pat loves to share her knowledge of these things with others. This is a free virtual event. For more information and to register go to www.lessonface.com/apply/Cultural-History-Natural-Dyes.#mdsw2022winterfest ... See MoreSee Less
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We still have spaces open in a few classes for next weekend's Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest -- Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022. You can still sign up for:o Crocheted Lace with Kira Dulaneyo Correcting (and Avoiding) Knitting Mistakes with Kira Dulaney (5 spots left)o Needle Felted Snowman with Kristen Walsh (5 spots left)There will also be a free keynote lecture on Sunday, The Cultural History of Natural Dyes with Pat Brodowski. Preregistration is required.Register for #mdsw2022winterfest at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool.Looking ahead to our in-person classes in May - the class listing should be up on our website in the next week or two, and registration will open on February 20. ... See MoreSee Less
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