Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon

A skillathon provides youth with the opportunity to blend knowledge and skills acquired in livestock judging, demonstrations, and care and exhibition of animals into a single activity. It consists of a series of stations where youth are tested on their knowledge and abilities related to livestock. Station topics may include identification (breeds, parts, equipment, meat, wool, or feed); evaluation/judging (fleeces, live animals, hay); a problem-solving activity; and a written quiz. All of the stations in this contest will pertain to sheep and goats and their products.

The Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon is open to any youth between the ages of 8 and 18. Youth will compete according to their age on January 1, 2022 (4-H age).
Individuals and teams (of 3 or 4) from any county, state, or province may compete. Pre-registration is required. Participants should bring clipboards and pencils to use during the contest. In 2022, there will be a $5.00 registration fee to enter the skillathon. The fee will help to defray the cost of refreshments, awards, and supplies.


Classes

001-Individuals and 002-Teams

K01        Juniors: 8-10
K02        Intermediate: 11-13
K03        Seniors: 14-18


Awards

Top ten individuals in each age class
Top three teams in each age class


How to enter

Register by April 27, 2022. Register online here. For information or to register, contact Susan Schoenian at .

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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Correction - registration for our our in-person classes for 2023 will open at 2:00 pm ET on Sunday, February 19, not February 12 as previously posted.A preview of the classes has been posted at sheepandwool.org/2022-festival/fiber-arts-workshops/. Full class details, including dates and times, will be posted in the next day or two. #mdsw #mdsw2023 #celebrating50years #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting ... See MoreSee Less
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A preview of our in-person classes for 2023 has been posted at sheepandwool.org/2022-festival/fiber-arts-workshops/. Full class information will be posted once we work out a few more details. Registration will open on February 12. #mdsw #mdsw2023 #celebrating50years #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to our wonderful instructors - Maggie Casey. Jillian Moreno, Esther Rodgers, Kira Dulaney, Alasdair Post-Quinn, and Kristen Walsh - for teaching virtually for our second annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest. Thank you, too, Angela Muller, for your fabulous and informative lecture. And a resounding thank you to all the participants (and class assistants) that made Winterfest a success!See you at the live 50th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 6 & 7. The class listings for that should be posted in the next week or so. Registration will open on February 12. ... See MoreSee Less
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