Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador Competition

The 2023 Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador will be chosen at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The person selected to serve will represent the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association and help to promote sheep and wool during the following year. The competition is open to all genders. Three Reserve Ambassadors will also be chosen. In the event that the Ambassador is not able to fulfill their obligations, a Reserve Ambassador will serve as substitute.


  1. Must be between the ages of 14 and 18 inclusive(based on age as of January 1).
  2. Must be active in some area of sheep or wool production: purebreds, commercial, 4-H or FFA project, spinning, etc.
  3. Must be a resident of the state of Maryland.


  1. Participate actively at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.
  2. Attend and help with sheep shows at the county fairs throughout the state (list of events will be provided).
  3. Attend and help with Open Sheep Shows during the Maryland State Fair.
  4. Assist with the Maryland State Fair’s Lead Class.
  5. Give a report of activities at the Maryland Sheep Breeders annual banquet in October.
  6. Promote lamb and wool in a variety of other ways: 4-H clubs, Ag Week displays, Taste of Maryland Agricultural Dinner in February, etc.
  7. Assist with the 2024 Maryland Sheep & Wool Ambassador Competition.

Criteria for Selection

  1. Poise and ease of contestant
  2. Apparent zest or stage presence of contestant
  3. Previous background and activities with sheep and wool
  4. Service to the sheep and wool industry
  5. Promotional activities within the industry


Gifts will be awarded to all contestants.

The Ambassador will receive a cash award of $100 from the Festival, slippers from H. Trawitz & Sons, a cash award of $250 from Linda Martin, and a wool fabric sash sponsored by Brittany Lippy.

The Reserve Ambassadors will each receive a a cash award of $50.

How to Enter

Submit your application via the online entry form at

Entries must be received by April 21, 2023.

Questions can be sent to .

2023 Featured Breed: Jacob

Learn more about the Jacob breed and talk to JSBA members in the Breed Display Barn (Barn 7-8 on the map) while you are at the Festival.

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