Sheep Breeds Display

A rare opportunity to view over thirty different breeds of sheep in one place. Breeders will explain in their presentations the characteristics of the breed, advantages and disadvantages of the breed, and other pertinent information. Awards are given on the basis of attractiveness of presentation in the categories of Dual-Purpose Sheep, Hair Breeds, Meat Sheep, Minor Breeds, and Wool Sheep.

Criteria for Sheep Breeds Display Evaluation:

Sheep – 10 points  Sheep must be in the pen at the time of judging unless they are being shown in one of the sheep shows at the Festival. They should be good representatives of their breed and in proper fleece for the season.  Meat breeds may be slick shorn.

Educational Value – 50 points  Information about the breed of sheep should be included in the display.  It should include origin of the breed, the breed’s primary purpose, and other information of interest to the general public.

Handout Material – 10 points  Handouts should be available.

General Appearance – 30 points  The display should be attractive and relatively clean.  Clean water must be available to the animals at all times. Bedding in the pen should also be clean.

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2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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Sharing a post from one of the contestants in our first ever virtual Junior Spinning Competition, which was held via Zoom as part of our Virtual Online Festival. Congratulations go to all of the contestants, whose ages ranged from 8 to 14. Here is how everyone placed:
Adeline - Most Even Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Grace - Fattest Yarn, Longest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Caroline - Skinniest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Theodore - Lumpiest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Ava - Most Even Yarn, Skinniest Yarn, Longest Yarn (drop spindle category)
Preston - Fattest Yarn, Lumpiest Yarn (drop spindle category)
Astrid - Most Even Yarn, Longest Yarn (e-spinner category)

Special thanks to committee member Patricia Sanville for organizing this online competition!
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The Maryland Make it With Wool program relies on its sale of Wool Wax Creme at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival to fund their activities. Since the festival was cancelled, they are selling the products by email this year. The post below shows the products available with instructions on how to order.

MIWW is an annual youth-centered sewing and needle work competition designed to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, yarns, and fibers. Preliminary competitions are held at the state level, culminating in the National Finals and Awards Banquet at the American Sheep Industry annual convention.

Please help keep Maryland youth sewing by ordering your wool wax creme today (plus it's a really great product, too).
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