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 who valued quality fleeces. Her long involvement with the Festival as a volunteer and participant is honored by her family 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

2020 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.

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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Sharing a post from one of the contestants in our first ever virtual Junior Spinning Competition, which was held via Zoom as part of our Virtual Online Festival. Congratulations go to all of the contestants, whose ages ranged from 8 to 14. Here is how everyone placed:
Adeline - Most Even Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Grace - Fattest Yarn, Longest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Caroline - Skinniest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Theodore - Lumpiest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Ava - Most Even Yarn, Skinniest Yarn, Longest Yarn (drop spindle category)
Preston - Fattest Yarn, Lumpiest Yarn (drop spindle category)
Astrid - Most Even Yarn, Longest Yarn (e-spinner category)

Special thanks to committee member Patricia Sanville for organizing this online competition!
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The Maryland Make it With Wool program relies on its sale of Wool Wax Creme at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival to fund their activities. Since the festival was cancelled, they are selling the products by email this year. The post below shows the products available with instructions on how to order.

MIWW is an annual youth-centered sewing and needle work competition designed to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, yarns, and fibers. Preliminary competitions are held at the state level, culminating in the National Finals and Awards Banquet at the American Sheep Industry annual convention.

Please help keep Maryland youth sewing by ordering your wool wax creme today (plus it's a really great product, too).
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