Gifts & Bequests

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival thanks the following donors for the special recognition in honor of their loved ones:

Jane Hyland Memorial Awards

Jane was a talented spinner and teacher who valued quality fleeces. Her long involvement with the Festival as a volunteer and participant is honored by her friends through the following awards:

Skein & Garment Competition:

Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Handspun Skein – $25
Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Handspun Article – $25

Sheep to Shawl: 

Jane Hyland Memorial: Best Spinning Team – $150

Seventeenth Annual  Mamie Francis Blanket Competition

Mamie was a weaver of small blankets or lap robes. She is remembered by her husband, daughter and two sons, who established a $5,000 endowment in her name which funds the $300 Grand Prize Award. Additional support for this competition is provided by Sandy Spring Friends School. The $300 prize was awarded to Michelle Lushbaugh in 2019.

The “Freddie” Award

2022 marks the 26th annual “Freddie” Award. This cash award goes to the weaver of the most creative handwoven article entered in the Skein & Garment Competition. This award is funded by an endowment from the family and friends of Mary Frederika Pfeiffer, an avid Festival supporter. The “Freddie” Award continues her encouragement of excellence in handweaving. Erin Hyde won this honor in 2019.

Maryland Shepherds Cup

The Maryland Shepherds Cup in the Fleece Show ecognizes consistent excellence in the production of handspinning fleeces by wool producers in Maryland. The winner will be judged to have entered the best set of five handspinning fleeces from an individual Maryland shepherd. This award is offered in remembrance of Mary Ann Jackson, shepherd at Spinning Flock Farm. The award includes a perpetual trophy inscribed with the name of each year’s winner plus a $100 prize. Lee Langstaff of Dickerson, Maryland was the winner in 2019 with her entry of five mixed breed fleeces.

Pat Brown Memorial Award

To honor an ardent Festival fan, a group of Maryland spinners funded the Pat Brown Memorial Award for the Best Maryland Fleece in the Fleece Show. A Kent Island shepherd and critter lover, Pat Brown was a multitalented artist. A permanent plaque is displayed annually at the Fleece Show. In 2019 the Revere pewter cup and cash award were won by Peggy Howell with a Corriedale X fleece.

Tyson Creamer Memorial Award

Tyson “Pete” Creamer was a Festival committee member over 15 years, including chairing the Fleece Show & Sale with his wife, Sylvia. He was a shearer, worked with the Wool Pool, and was always willing to work with 4-H Members. This award is given to the best 4-H Fleece. Lizzie Miller won this honor with a Rambouillet X fleece in 2019.

Ernest Edward Hall Memorial Trophy

This award is given in memory of Ernie Hall, who unselfishly donated 16 years of service to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The trophy is awarded to the exhibitor of the Supreme Champion Ram. Marian & Ralph Lovell won this with a Corriedale ram in 2019.

Florence Byrnes Hall Memorial Trophy

This award is given in recognition of the 16 years of dedicated service that Florence gave to the Festival. This trophy is awarded to the exhibitor of the Supreme Champion Ewe. Wind Valley Farm won this honor with a Black Lincoln ewe in 2019.

The Lucy Conant Memorial Trophy

This trophy is dedicated to the memory of Lucy Conant, a devoted participant in the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Sheep Shows for many years. The “Friends of Lucy Conant” will present this trophy to the exhibitor of the Champion Romney Ewe. Charlene Carslisle won this honor in 2019.

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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