Be a Vendor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the 2022 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The Festival serves to showcase, and provide a marketplace for, the amazing range of products, services, activities, skills and artistry that both support and reflect the spectacular versatility and variety of what sheep have to offer.

Our vendor application deadline was October 1, 2021. We are a competitive juried show. Each year we receive an increasing number of applications for a limited number of vendor booth spaces. We quite often receive application requests after the October 1 deadline asking to be placed on a vendor waiting list. Please know that any vendor waiting list for the Festival is based upon those applications which were received by the October 1 deadline and underwent the jurying process. If you are interested in advertising with the Festival, the advertising deadline for our catalog is January 1. Web ads are accepted year-round.

If you submitted an application, you will be notified no later than January 15th, 2022 of the decision made by the jurying panel on your application.

The link to the new vendor application for the 2023 Festival will be posted on this page around June 1, 2022. The Vendor Committee encourages all potential applicants to visit the Festival to get a flavor of the type of products sold. We are looking for unique or rare or exciting products that help us meet our mission. We have a sophisticated customer base and we have an opportunity to provide them with products they cannot find anywhere else.

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New and returning vendors – See the Preinspection Guidelines from the Fire Marshal.

Please email all questions to .

Food Vendor Inquiries

Food vendors are primarily provided through a contract with the Howard County Fairgrounds itself. The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is only able to hire food vendors who sell lamb products. If you are interested in applying, and sell lamb, please contact for more information.

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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