COVID-19 Protocols

Last updated: 4/29/2022

In order to protect all attendees, vendors, and volunteers, especially those most vulnerable, we strongly recommend that everyone age two and older wear a mask while indoors at the festival. There is also a chance that wearing a mask will be a requirement for admittance to specific indoor locations, i.e., you will not be allowed to enter those buildings if you aren’t wearing a mask. Therefore, if you want to experience the full range of what the festival has to offer, you should come prepared to wear a mask.

These protocols are subject to change. It is possible that they will be more relaxed by the time May arrives; it is also possible that they could become stricter if conditions warrant. We will be keeping a close eye on the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant to see if that will impact our policy.

List of Venues Requiring a Mask (as of 4/29/22):

If the Festival were held today, everyone ages two and older would be required to wear a mask in the following venues:

  • Fleece Show & Sale Building
  • Saturday Night Spin-In in the Dining Hall
  • Sunday Lectures in the 4-H Hall
  • Additional locations may be added.

Special COVID-19 Protocols for Fiber Arts Seminars

This policy applies to the Fiber Arts Seminars only.

You will be asked to acknowledge and agree to these policies before you are permitted to complete registration for any of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars. If you do not abide by these policies, your class registration fees will be forfeited. These policies apply to EVERYONE – all teachers, students, and volunteers – participating in the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars.

Please note that, because of the pandemic, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars will not be able accommodate anyone who cannot wear a mask or who needs to lip read as a consequence of hearing impairment.  

As of April 28, 2022, these are the policies for participation in Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars:

  1. Show proof of full vaccination.

Full vaccination means the individual must have all required doses and initial boosters recommended for a vaccine approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 14 days before first day of attendance at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars in 2022. Note: As of March 29, 2022, the CDC now allows for an additional booster in certain situations, but this additional booster will not be a requirement for participation in the Fiber Arts Seminars.

Please provide proof of vaccination in advance (following the instructions provided by Lessonface when you register), or be prepared to show your vaccination card, or a photo of your vaccination card on your mobile device, as you enter your classroom.


  1. Wear an N95 or KN95 mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times when inside; as of 4/28/22 students also have the option of wearing a surgical mask. Other masks will not be permitted. A mask must fit snugly against the sides of the face and cover the nose. These masks are currently available at low or no cost at many pharmacies.

Our instructors fully support the above requirements.

Eating and/or drinking will not be permitted in the classrooms.

We know these policies may make it impossible for some to attend classes this year. We ask for understanding and patience as we try to find the best path to keep students, instructors, and volunteers safe. We will miss those of you who cannot attend and look forward to welcoming you in the future.

Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest 2023!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, and felting classes on January 28 and 29.

Registration opens November 19.

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