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

Maryland Shepherds Cup

The Maryland Shepherds Cup in the Fleece Show recognizes 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. Ian Kline of Little Leap Farm in Barnesville, Maryland was the winner in 2023 with a set of mixed-breed and mixed-color 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 2023 the Revere pewter cup and cash award were won by Pamela Helton.

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. Rachel Zimmerman won this honor in 2023.

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. Nancy Weik won this honor with a Black Border Leicester Yearling Ram in 2023.

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. Davey Peterson won this honor with a Romney Yearling Ewe in 2023.

Registration for 2024 Fiber Arts Seminars Opening Soon

Registration will open on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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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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Reminder -- Registration will open tomorrow, Saturday, February 17, at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.These are in-person classes. They are held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland, and several nearby locations. We are offering 55 classes in all; subjects include crochet, dyeing, felting, fiber preparation, knitting, spinning, and weaving. Complete details of the classes can be downloaded from sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/MSWF-2024-Fiber-Arts-Seminars-Corrected.pdf (this link is also available on our website).Many classes fill quickly, so don't miss out!#mdsw #mdsw2024 #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting #crochet #weaving ... See MoreSee Less
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