FAQ

How much does the Festival cost? Parking?

Can I bring my dog?

Service animals only. Please leave your pets at home.

Where are you located?

The Festival is held at the Howard County Fairgrounds, located 25 miles west of the city of Baltimore in Howard County, Maryland. The address is 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794.

Is there Public Transportation?

Sorry, the Howard County Fairgrounds is located in the rural suburbs of Baltimore. No public transportation is available.

Do you offer handicap parking?

Yes, use the East entrance, please stay in the far right lane, and parking staff will guide you to the right place.

Is wheelchair and scooter rental available?

Sorry, we are not able to offer onsite rentals of mobility devices, but you can order a scooter or wheelchair from Scootaround and have it delivered to your hotel or residence. The link to their rental page for the Festival is https://scootaround.com/en/49th-annual-maryland-sheep-wool-festival. The Festival takes no responsibility for any contracts or negotiations between you and this vendor.

If we bring a bus, where should we park?

All buses will now enter the fairgrounds through the East entrance and should stay in the far right lane. They will be directed to the second parking lot access road, where they will stop and unload at the end of the path to the ticket booth. They will then proceed to the bus parking area. Passengers may access the buses throughout the day once they are in the parking area.

Is there a rain date for the Festival?

The festival will be held regardless of the weather. Hot or cold, rain or shine, mud or dust, the festival will go on!

How do I get a t-shirt? Can I get one in advance?

Sales of Festival Merchandise are handled year-round through Sheepman.com, check out the online store. Once at the Fairgrounds, all Festival Gear is available for sale in the Bingo Hall.

Do you need volunteers? Who do I contact?

Yes, we can always use extra hands, please check out our Volunteer Page for more information. If you are interested in helping year-round, there are many opportunities on our various festival committees.

Can we camp overnight at the Fairgrounds?

We’re sorry, but camping is not allowed for the general public. There are local campgrounds available, however. Patapsco Valley State Park has a variety of camping options. There are also campgrounds in nearby Carroll and Frederick Counties. See the Lodging information under Visiting the Festival for more details.

Where can I find my lost items?

Found items will be kept at the Information Tent throughout the Festival. After that, please email to inquire and arrange for pick up.

How do I sign up for next year’s catalog?

Check out our Catalog page for details. A mailed catalog will cost $5 to cover postage.

Can I still advertise this year?

Absolutely, web ads on our site run for the remaining calendar year and can be added at any time. The website is a resource for many visitors throughout the year. See more details.

How do I apply to become a vendor next year?

Vendor spaces are very limited, but we are always looking for fresh ideas. Check out our Vendor information page for more details.

Can I teach next year?

Check out our Workshop Information page for details and a link to the online proposal form.

How soon can we start planning for Next Year’s Festival?

Right away – the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is always held at the Howard County Fairgrounds the first full weekend in May. Come back in 2023 for our 50th annual Festival – May 6 & 7, 2023!

If you have any further questions, please contact us at 

2022 Catalog Cover Artist

Susan Due Pearcy has lived in the Agricultural Reserve in Barnesville, Maryland for 27 years and enjoys having sheep grazing next door and fibre artist friends nearby. She is continually inspired in her art and life by the natural beauty of her surroundings and works plein air in oil and pastel and creates her printmaking in Sugarloaf Studio behind her home...

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If you didn't brave the weather to come to last week's festival, but still want a festival t-shirt, you're in luck. Our online store at is being restocked with 2022 merchandise and should be ready by Monday, May 16, 2022 (they just need a little time to unpack the boxes that came back from the festival and see what's what). If memory serves, they will have two colors of short sleeve tees, a long sleeve tee, hats, aprons, fleece vests, sling bags and cinch sack/backpacks. Sorry, the large canvas tote bags are all gone.The online store is at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/. You can also purchase these items in person at the Ceresville New Holland, Inc./Sheepman Supply Co. showroom in Frederick, Maryland. #mdsw2022 #festivalgear ... See MoreSee Less
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If you or anyone else receives an email claiming to be able to sell you a list of attendees of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, please ignore it as IT IS A SCAM. It has come to our attention that companies are emailing some of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s exhibitors and attendees, claiming to offer our attendee email list. This is a common occurrence with large conferences and trade shows in recent years.It is our policy to NEVER sell, rent, or share attendee contact information. No company is authorized to distribute or sell any email lists of Festival attendees. The Festival is not providing this list nor generating these messages. How did they get your email? Software programs can crawl websites in search of email addresses that are listed on them (identifiable by the @ sign).If you receive an email offering to sell you a list of Festival attendees, do not respond to it. By responding—even with a request to unsubscribe—you confirm that your email address is a valid one, which may increase the likelihood that you’ll be contacted again. ... See MoreSee Less
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This little lost lamb kid's mitten was turned in to the Lost & Found and would like to find it's mate. There is also a handmade shawlette someone might be missing, along with the usual random assortment of items -- reading glasses, etc. -- and, no surprise, a folding umbrella and a pair of rubber boots. Message me or email if any of these sound like they might belong to you, or if there is something else you would like me to check for. #mdsw2022 #lostandfound ... See MoreSee Less
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