Sheep Promotion Competition

Virtual competition for 2021!

Formerly known as the Sheep Poster Competition, this competition has been expanded to include electronic formats. It allows contestants age 18 and under to enter presentations on the subjects of breed promotion, wool promotion, and meat promotion.

Looking for competition results? Go to our 2021 Virtual Competition Results page!

Classes and Divisions

  • Class 1: Breed promotion
  • Class 2: Wool promotion
  • Class 3: Meat promotion

Each competitor is limited to one entry per class.

All classes will be judged in four age divisions:

  • Mini  – 7 years old and under
  • Junior – 8 to 10 years old
  • Intermediate – 11 to 13 years old
  • Senior – 14 to 18 years old

Judging

Entries will be judged on:

  1. Idea expressed
  2. Information given
  3. Graphic design and appeal

Entries will be judged before the opening of the virtual festival at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. May 1. Ribbons will be mailed to winners after the Festival. First, Second and Third place and Honorable Mention in each class/division will be awarded. An overall winner in each age group will be determined. There will be no trophies or prize money in 2021.


Rules

  1. Contestants may create physical posters or electronic presentations. Physical posters may be designed in any medium.
  2. All entries must be submitted in electronic format. Physical posters must be photographed or scanned to a .jpg file. Electronic presentations may be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation OR Google Slides presentation OR .jpg files (one per page) from another presentation software application. (Here is an example of a Google Slides presentation.)
  3. For younger contestants, it’s OK if a parent does the photographing/scanning/cropping (when applicable) and submits the entry form. Parents must not make any changes to electronic presentations.
  4. A presentation (whether done as physical posters or electronic slides) may consist of multiple pages/slides. The number of pages/slides is limited as follows: Mini – one page/slide only, Junior – up to two pages/slides, Intermediate – up to three pages/slides, and Senior – up to four pages/slides.
  5. All entries will be displayed on a computer screen, for both judging and subsequent display on the Festival website. Therefore, keep to a rectangular landscape format and make sure that all lettering is large and clear enough to be read. An image that is at least 2,000 pixels wide will display best.
  6. Use of copyrighted characters prohibited.
  7. Artist’s name may not appear on the poster or in the electronic presentation.

How to Enter

All entries will be made using an online entry form. Please download the Sheep Promotion Competition Guidelines, which contain a link to the form.

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 17.

Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, felting, and crochet classes on January 29 and 30, 2022.

Registration is now open!

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Next Sunday, as part of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest, we are pleased to offer a free keynote lecture entitled "The Cultural History of Natural Dyes" with Pat Brodowski. Mankind has desired colorful textiles for thousands of years. Color was highly valued and dye materials and techniques were often held secret. Pat shares the history from a European perspective: listen to the story of a secret 20 step formula for red – stolen by memorization; of the newest purple transported in the ballast of pirate ships; of the brilliant orange and magenta face paints taken by Spanish invaders, and of the young woman who created the indigo plantations of South Carolina. Find out which colors were common or royal, foraged or treasured. Your view of historic fashion will be changed forever. Pat's popular natural dyes workshops have been presented at Monticello, Montpelier, Common Ground on the Hill, and to local fiber arts groups. She is fascinated with the historic perspective on color in textiles and with all things botanical. Pat loves to share her knowledge of these things with others. This is a free virtual event. For more information and to register go to www.lessonface.com/apply/Cultural-History-Natural-Dyes.#mdsw2022winterfest ... See MoreSee Less
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We still have spaces open in a few classes for next weekend's Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest -- Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022. You can still sign up for:o Crocheted Lace with Kira Dulaneyo Correcting (and Avoiding) Knitting Mistakes with Kira Dulaney (5 spots left)o Needle Felted Snowman with Kristen Walsh (5 spots left)There will also be a free keynote lecture on Sunday, The Cultural History of Natural Dyes with Pat Brodowski. Preregistration is required.Register for #mdsw2022winterfest at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool.Looking ahead to our in-person classes in May - the class listing should be up on our website in the next week or two, and registration will open on February 20. ... See MoreSee Less
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