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 can be found on our online volunteer sign up page.

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.

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.


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

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 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

Go to our online volunteer sign up page to choose the tasks and times that work best for you.

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!

2023 Featured Breed: Jacob

Learn more about the Jacob breed and talk to JSBA members in the Breed Display Barn (Barn 7-8 on the map) while you are at the Festival.

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In case you missed our earlier announcement, we are now accepting orders for a second printing of large tote bags and moss green t-shirts at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/. Orders will be accepted through COB on Wednesday, May 24th. After that time, the order will go to the printer. They have given us a turn around time of around 2 weeks to have the items printed. Once we have the shirts in hand, we will start shipping to fulfill the orders. Your credit card will not be charged until your order ships. Note: The "guesstimated" shipping fee that is computer generated by the online sales platform at the time of your order tends to run high. You will likely notice the actual charge when your order is shipped is considerably less. Store pickup at the Sheepman Supply showroom in Frederick, MD is also possible; put "store pick up" in special instructions when you check out and you won't be charged the shipping. #mdsw #mdsw2023 #festivalgear #celebrating50years ... See MoreSee Less
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Due to the overwhelming popularity of our 50th anniversary items, we are now accepting orders for a second printing of select items at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/. The order period will run until COB on Wednesday, May 24, at which time we will send the order off to the screen printing company. The delivery time will run 2-4 weeks from that point. These second printing items are limited to the large boat tote bag and a short-sleeve t-shirt in Moss green. The shirts are a ComfortWash by Hanes garment-dyed t-shirts in 5.5 ounce, 100% ring-spun cotton and standard unisex sizing, sizes S to 3X. All sales on this second printing will be final (no returns or exchanges). There is also a small quantity of already-printed items available on a first-come, first- served basis until supplies are exhausted:Short-sleeve t-shirt in “Indigo Blue” – Small (16), Medium (14), Large (8), XL (6), 2X (4), 4X (4), 5X (2)Hooded long-sleeve t-shirt in “Saltwater” – Small (6), Medium (4), Large (4), XL (8)Large boat tote bags (8) – these are the same mentioned above“Peacock” blue backpack (13)“Red Rock” beach wash shoulder tote (6)Large posters (12)Small posters (7)These are the same items that were available online prior to the festival and were also sold at the festival. Pickup at Sheepman Supply in Frederick, MD is available. Put “Store Pick Up” in special instructions when you check out and you won’t be charged the shipping. Thank you for your patience while we worked out these details.#mdsw #mdsw2023 #celebrating50years #festivalgear ... See MoreSee Less
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