Creative Shearing Competition

Updated for 2024

Join us for our third annual creative shearing competition. 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. 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:

  1. Standard show ring conventionality of presenting a naked or nearly naked sheep in a beautiful, magazine-quality style.
  2. Heavy coloring, and especially dye, mousse, or paint that might be considered toxic. This is not a body-painting project.
  3. Any treatment that, although creative, causes discomfort to the animal. Embarrassment to the owner is okay.
  4. Entries mocking public figures and causing cultural division will be ineligible. Benign humor is, of course, what it’s all about.

Please have the majority of the shearing done before arriving on site by 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. Pens will be available if needed. Minor touch ups can be done if necessary that morning. Alternatively you can lead your masterpiece sheep in later as long as it arrives by 11:30 a.m. Please submit a script to Lizzy Miller or the Sheep Show Office adjacent to the Show Ring by 11:45 a.m. on Saturday that includes the title of your work, exhibitor’s name, and a brief description of your work.

All sheep must have approved interstate or Maryland health papers. See Animal Health Regulations.


Prizes:

1st – $250

2nd – $150

3rd – $75


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 Mara Mullinix, 5209B Green Valley Rd, Monrovia, MD 21770.

Registration deadline is April 20, 2024.

2024 tickets and catalogs now on sale!

Tickets and catalogs for the 2023 festival are now on sale at https://mswf2023.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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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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