Many hands make light work – the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival would not be possible without the support of many volunteers.

General Volunteers

We need general volunteers ahead of time, on Saturday and Sunday during Festival hours, and to clean up after the Festival closes. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer:

Festival Set-Up – This always happens on the Sunday before the Festival, which will be April 30, 2023, and includes a pot luck lunch. This is mostly manual labor, like setting up sheep pens.

Do You Love the Festival As Much As We Do? Come be a friendly, welcoming face as a greeter at the front gate.

During the Festival – Sometimes we need a helping hand to just carry something or pitch in where needed. We need general volunteers for various tasks on Saturday and Sunday during Festival hours.

Sunday Night Tear Down – Time to put the Festival back in the box for another year! Young and/or strong arms are especially needed here to help take down the sheep pens. THERE IS A CRITICAL NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS ON SUNDAY NIGHT.

Volunteers for Retail Sales

Help with the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s 2023 retail sales. On Sunday, April 30 , help set up shelving units (and enjoy a potluck lunch); jobs during the week include folding t-shirts (learning the fine art of using a folding board along the way) plus stocking the shelves with t-shirts and other Festival merchandise; from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, you can help with sales (no money handling), restocking merchandise, and keeping the lines of customers moving. After the Festival closes on Sunday there are very important take-down tasks, as the building has to be empty by the end of the evening. This is a huge undertaking that is often forgotten. Please come help if you have some time. All work is indoors, on a concrete floor.

Volunteers for Meals at the Festival

Volunteers are needed to help setup the 4-H Hall for meals on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, plus help remove empty plates and do simple cleanup. Volunteers for this receive a free meal in addition to the volunteer shirt.

Fleece Show & Sale

The Fleece Show committee organizes their own cadre of volunteers. If you have volunteered for them in the past, they will be in touch. If you have not volunteered for them before and are interested in doing so, email .

Everyone who volunteers gets an exclusive volunteer shirt which is NOT available to the general public!

Everyone who volunteers in advance to work on Festival weekend receives free admission to the Festival!

Maryland students – depending on county/school policies, we may be able to certify Student Service Learning hours. Please contact to discuss eligibility and requirements. 

How to Get in on the Action

Watch for the link to our online volunteer sign up page to posted here after the first of the year.

Email general questions about volunteering to .

Thank you for helping!

2022 Catalog Cover Artist

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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