Creative Shearing Competition
Join us for our first annual creative shearing competition, postponed from 2020. Not everyone can shear a sheep, but even fewer folks have either incentive or opportunity to show their imagination and expertise. This competition is intended to reward the shearer’s creativity with awards and public acclaim. This competition aspires to re-direct the shearer’s mastery as sculpture, landscaping, haute couture, or a journey of craft and art. Judging will be based on artistry, originality, humor, and skill. Shearing may be done at home or at the Festival any time prior to judging. Group efforts are permitted. Judging will be done on Saturday at noon in the Show Ring. Come see what our shearers have come up with!
To be avoided:
- Standard show ring conventionality of presenting a naked or nearly naked sheep in a beautiful, magazine-quality style.
- Heavy coloring, and especially dye, mousse, or paint that might be considered toxic. This is not a body-painting project.
- Any treatment that, although creative, causes discomfort to the animal. Embarrassment to the owner is okay.
- Entries mocking public figures and causing cultural division will be ineligible. Benign humor is, of course, what it’s all about.
All sheep must have approved interstate or Maryland health papers. See Animal Health Regulations.
Prize money of at least $300 is guaranteed, and we hope that sponsorships will allow us to increase this amount. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and Honorable Mentions will be awarded by the judges. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd places and Honorable Mentions will be dependent on Sponsor support.
See our sponsorship page or contact you would like to sponsor this competition.
How to enter:
Pre-registration is required. To register, send name of owner/artiste(s), location of farm, breed of sheep, name of sheep, and the title of your creation to Peter Austin, POB 187, Ashton, MD 20861 or email .
Registration deadline is April 20.