Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon

Virtual competition for 2021!

The Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon tests youth on their cumulative knowledge of sheep and goats and the products they produce. Due to this year’s pandemic, the skillathon will be virtual (online). Competition is open to any youth between the ages of 8 and 18. Youth will compete according to their age as of January 1, 2021 (4-H age). Youth under the age of 8 (clovers) and adults (over the age of 18) may also complete the skillathon, but no awards will be given.

This year’s skillathon will consist of five sections: 1) Breeds; 2) Feeds; 3) Equipment; 4) Meat; and 5) Fiber. Each section will have several quizzes and/or exercises. The quizzes and exercises may be weighted differently. There will be different quizzes and exercises for juniors, intermediates, and seniors.

As the skillathon has always been part of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, it must be completed during the days of this year’s virtual festival, May 1 – May 2, 2021. Even though the skillathon is virtual, each participant is expected to do their own work, without outside assistance



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


Top placing individuals in each age class will receive premiums, ribbons, and t-shirts.

How to enter:

Register by April 20, 2021. Register online at https://go.umd.edu/2021Skillathon. More than one person can register using the same email address, but instructions will be sent to the email used for registration. Upon registration, each registrant will receive a unique number (ID). The ID will be required to complete the skillathon.

For more information, contact Susan Schoenian at or (301) 432-2767 x343.

Proposals for 2022 Fiber Arts Seminars now being accepted

We are now accepting proposals for fiber arts seminars to be held in conjunction with the 49th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, which will take place in person on May 7 & 8, 2022 in West Friendship, Maryland. Many seminars will be held Wednesday-Friday of the week leading up to the festival; all seminars will be held in person. The Fiber Arts Seminar Committee invites instructors from every heritage, culture, belief system, and lifestyle to submit a proposal.

Submit your proposal(s) here.

The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15.…

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