Note for 2021: Since the festival is virtual this year, we do not have a need for volunteers, but we hope you will consider volunteering when we return to in-person in 2022!

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival would not be possible without the support of hundreds of community 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 May 1, 2022, 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 on Saturday and Sunday during Festival hours.

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

Our Recycling Committee Needs You! Volunteers are also desperately needed to help our recycling efforts. This is not a glamorous job, as it involves picking out the recyclables that were tossed in with the regular trash. However, it comes with a high satisfaction rating for knowing you have helped the Festival and the planet. By being vigilant with recycling, in past years we have been able to reduce the number of dumpster loads of trash from five down to three! This might be a solution for keeping a spouse or teenager occupied while you shop. Everyone can help out by making sure to use the labeled recycle bins for recyclable materials!

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.

If you are a High School Student who needs Student Service Learning hours, we can certify them!

Everyone who volunteers gets a volunteer shirt, a unique souvenir which is NOT available to the general public!

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

How to Get in on the Action

Watch for the link to be posted here to our online volunteer signup page for 2022, which will let you sign up for the tasks and time slots that work best for you.

General volunteers should check-in at the Volunteer Check-In Tent just outside the main gate for final instructions, supplies and to get their volunteer shirts.

Please note: Recycling volunteers can sign up ahead of time OR get in the action by stopping by the Volunteer Check-In Tent at the Festival. Everyone else MUST sign up before the festival. We need to know who is coming and when. If you want SSL hours certified, we need to know that in advance, too.

Email general questions about volunteering to .

Volunteers for Retail Sales and Meals at the Festival

Help with the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s 2022 retail sales. On Sunday, May 1 , 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. Every volunteer will receive an exclusive volunteer shirt available only to 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.

Everyone who volunteers in advance to work Festival weekend will receive free admission to the Festival.

We will be happy to certify Student Service Learning hours for high school students. Please present the required papers at the time of check in.

Watch for the link to be posted here to our online volunteer signup page for 2022, which will let you sign up for the tasks and time slots that work best for you.

Volunteers for Retail Sales and Meals at the Festival should check-in at the at the Volunteer Check-In Tent just outside the main gate and then proceed to the T-Shirt Sales area in the Howard 4-H Exhibit Building at the start of their shift.

Thank you for helping!

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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