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

Please refer to the Maryland Animal Health Fair and Show Requirements from the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). Questions should be directed to the MDA Animal Health Headquarters Office at 410-841-5810.

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

  • 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 animal health issues, Festival policy prohibits un-weaned baby lambs and lambs less than 60 days of age from being brought onto the fairgrounds.

** Animals to be sold at the Festival**

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.

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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