Be a Vendor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor at the 2023 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, 2022. 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, 2023 of the decision made by the jurying panel on your application.

The link to the new vendor application for the 2024 Festival will be posted on this page around June 1, 2023. 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 2023!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, and felting classes on January 28 and 29.

Registration opens November 19.

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A preview of our in-person classes for 2023 has been posted at sheepandwool.org/2022-festival/fiber-arts-workshops/. Full class information will be posted once we work out a few more details. Registration will open on February 12. #mdsw #mdsw2023 #celebrating50years #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to our wonderful instructors - Maggie Casey. Jillian Moreno, Esther Rodgers, Kira Dulaney, Alasdair Post-Quinn, and Kristen Walsh - for teaching virtually for our second annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest. Thank you, too, Angela Muller, for your fabulous and informative lecture. And a resounding thank you to all the participants (and class assistants) that made Winterfest a success!See you at the live 50th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 6 & 7. The class listings for that should be posted in the next week or so. Registration will open on February 12. ... See MoreSee Less
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Be sure to visit the Maryland Make it with Wool booth in the Main Exhibition Annex at the Festival this year...I hear that in honor of the 50th annual festival, they are planning a display of 50 outfits from past competitions!We are cheering on Jessica - our Maryland Make it with Wool Junior Champion - as she competes in the National Make It With Wool Contest in Fort Worth, Texas! #marylandmakeitwithwool #nationalmakeitwithwool ... See MoreSee Less
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