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 new 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 .

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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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