Rules & Regulations

General Regulations

  • All persons enter at their own risk.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for the supervision of all minors.
  • NO PETS. Only service dogs and dogs in the Sheepdog Demonstrations are allowed on the fairgrounds.
  • No drones, except by explicit permission of the Festival.
  • No alcoholic beverages, except for approved vendors.
  • No controlled substances allowed.
  • No illegal or unlawful activity allowed.
  • No demonstrations.
  • No soliciting.
  • No distribution of any printed material/flyers/advertisements, etc.
  • No personal announcements. Please arrange a meeting place before your group separates.
  • Not responsible for lost articles.
  • There will be a $25 charge on any check returned for any reason.
  • The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival reserves the right to exclude from the fairgrounds any person (exhibitor, spectator, vendor, admission paying patron) who is in any manner disruptive or who exhibits inappropriate behavior that would disturb the public. Such behavior may include, but not be limited to, any public cursing, abusive, or belligerent language, or any language or conduct which causes others to feel threatened. The Festival may delegate authority to impose any such sanction to its designated security officers. Said sanction shall also include the right to temporarily or permanently ban participation in future events. In the event a person who has paid admission to the fairgrounds is asked to leave the premises, such admission shall be refunded upon the person leaving the premises.

ALL VIOLATORS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY ESCORTED FROM THE PREMISES.

Animal Health Regulations

**All exhibitors and vendors bringing livestock to the Festival**

Please see Maryland Animal Health Fair and Show Requirements.

  • All Maryland livestock must be accompanied by a Maryland Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by an accredited veterinarian within ninety (90) days of the opening date of the Festival.
  • All out-of-state livestock must be accompanied by an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued by an accredited veterinarian within thirty (30) days of the opening date of the Festival.
  • In addition to the appropriate CVI, a Livestock Exhibitors Self Certification of Animal Health is required for all sheep and goats brought onto the fairgrounds.
  • All sheep and goats must be officially scrapie-identified via USDA-approved eartag, legible tattoo, or a microchip ID (if the owner provides the reader).

ANIMALS FAILING TO MEET COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION OF ALL REQUIREMENTS WILL BE DENIED ENTRY OR BE REMOVED FROM THE FAIRGROUNDS IMMEDIATELY.

  • Due to Maryland Veterinary Inspection standards, no animals can be kept/penned outside of festival buildings.
  • Un-weaned baby lambs or those less than 60 days of age are not allowed at the Festival. This is very important due to health issues.

** Animals to be sold at the Festival**

If you sell your animals while at the festival, please do not allow the purchaser to remove the animal from your pens until after release on Sunday. If this occurs, ineligibility for future Festival shows and/or forfeiture of premium money may occur. If you have an animal that you have pre-sold, please have the CVI completed by your veterinarian along with your show papers. All animals that are moved from Maryland and not returned to the state of origin MUST be accompanied by a Maryland CVI. The scrapie program has enabled animals to be tracked from farm to farm.

We know that the health certificate requirements can be confusing. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Mara Mullinix at
(301) 865-4224 or at .

Registration for 2024 Fiber Arts Seminars Opening Soon

Registration will open on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Online entries are now being accepted for our 2024 Sheep Shows at sheepandwool.fairwire.com/. The featured breed this year is Cotswold.Entry forms and rules and regulations are also available for download from our website:Rules and Regulations - sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/MSWF-2024-Exhibitor-Letter.pdfEntry Form - sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/MSWF-2024-Sheep-Show-Entry-Form.pdfOnline entry will be available through April 1st, 2024. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than April 1st, 2024. A $25.00 late fee will be assessed to all entries postmarked after April 1st (if space is available). NO entries will be accepted after April 10th.Photo courtesy of American Cotswold Record Association.#mdsw #mdsw2024 #sheepshows #featuredbreed #cotswoldsheep ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder -- Registration will open tomorrow, Saturday, February 17, at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.These are in-person classes. They are held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland, and several nearby locations. We are offering 55 classes in all; subjects include crochet, dyeing, felting, fiber preparation, knitting, spinning, and weaving. Complete details of the classes can be downloaded from sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/MSWF-2024-Fiber-Arts-Seminars-Corrected.pdf (this link is also available on our website).Many classes fill quickly, so don't miss out!#mdsw #mdsw2024 #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting #crochet #weaving ... See MoreSee Less
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