Volunteer

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 just a few of the volunteer opportunities. More details will be posted on our online volunteer sign up page when it goes live.

Festival Set-Up – This always happens on the Sunday before the Festival, which will be April 28, 2024, and includes a pot luck lunch. This is mostly manual labor, like setting up sheep pens.

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.

Greeters

Come be a friendly, welcoming face as a greeter at the front gate.

Retail Sales

Help with the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s 2024 retail sales. On Sunday, April 28, help set up shelving units (and enjoy a potluck lunch); jobs on Monday through Friday 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.

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

We will have an online volunteer sign up page to let you choose the tasks and times that work best for you; the link will be added here as soon as it is available. In the meantime, use this link to be added to our volunteer interest email list and be sent an email when the sign up page goes live.

Volunteers MUST sign up before the Festival. We need to know who is coming and when.

All volunteers should check-in at the Volunteer Check-In Tent just outside the main gate upon arrival at the Festival, then proceed to the specified location at the start of their shift.

Email general questions about volunteering to .

Thank you for helping!

2024 tickets and catalogs now on sale!

Tickets and catalogs for the 2024 festival are now on sale at https://mswf2024.eventbrite.com.

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Want to add to your collection, or just want to read about the 2024 Festival at your leisure? We are now taking orders for the 2024 catalog at at mswf2024.eventbrite.com/. Festival tickets are on sale there now, too!While many festivals have switched to digital catalogs, we feel strongly that our print catalog is an important part of our identity and are continuing this long-standing tradition. However, because of the costs involved, we have increased the fee for postage and handling to $10.00. A $2.45 Eventbrite processing fee applies, If you prefer to pay by check, you can download a catalog order form from our website at sheepandwool.org/purchase-a-catalog/. New this year: We have instituted a deadline of MARCH 15 for all catalog orders. There will also be a pdf version of the full catalog available on our website around mid-March. We are now suggesting a $5.00 donation for catalogs picked up at the Festival. Quantities will be limited; the catalogs will be available in the T-Shirt Sales building while supplies last. #mdsw #mdsw2024 ... See MoreSee Less
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Only 70 more days to wait! Tickets and catalogs are now on sale for our 51st annual festival on May 4 & 5, 2024. We continue to be challenged by increases in the costs of goods and services required to put on a festival of this size. This has led to the inevitable need to again raise our admission fee. Rest assured we are continuously evaluating the cost of Festival events while searching for ways to increase efficiency and minimize expenses. At the same time, we are not losing sight of fulfilling our mission as a non-profit agricultural organization of public promotion and education about sheep and wool. With free parking and free admission for everyone under the age of 18, we feel we are still one of the best values around, and we hope that you do too. Admission fees this year:18 and older:--$12.50 per person per day when purchased online --$15.00 per person per day at the gate Under 18 free Tickets are available online at mswf2024.eventbrite.com/. A $2.61 processing fee applies. There will be separate lanes to have these eTickets scanned, which we anticipate will move faster than the lanes for people paying at the gate. At the gate: cash or check only, please. Exact change appreciated. There will be a dedicated exact change lane. We are also accepting catalog orders at mswf2024.eventbrite.com/. While many festivals have switched to digital catalogs, we feel strongly that our print catalog is an important part of our identity and are continuing this long-standing tradition. However, because of the costs involved, we have increased the fee for postage and handling to $10.00. A $2.45 Eventbrite processing fee applies, and we have instituted a deadline of March 15 for catalog orders. There will also be a pdf version of the full catalog available on our website around mid-March. We are now suggesting a $5.00 donation for catalogs picked up at the Festival. Quantities will be limited; the catalogs will be available in the T-Shirt Sales building while supplies last. We know that some people will be unhappy with these changes, especially those who have been around long enough to remember when both admission and catalogs were free. Please be kind in your comments. We are truly doing the best that we possibly can to ensure that we continue to produce a quality event that will continue for years to come.#MDSW2024 ... See MoreSee Less
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Online entries are now being accepted for our 2024 Sheep Shows at sheepandwool.fairwire.com/. The featured breed this year is Cotswold.Entry forms and rules and regulations are also available for download from our website:Rules and Regulations - sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/MSWF-2024-Exhibitor-Letter.pdfEntry Form - sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/MSWF-2024-Sheep-Show-Entry-Form.pdfOnline entry will be available through April 1st, 2024. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than April 1st, 2024. A $25.00 late fee will be assessed to all entries postmarked after April 1st (if space is available). NO entries will be accepted after April 10th.Photo courtesy of American Cotswold Record Association.#mdsw #mdsw2024 #sheepshows #featuredbreed #cotswoldsheep ... See MoreSee Less
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