Are you excited for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this coming weekend?
It feels MOMENTOUS to me! Fifty years!
Congratulations to all of the thousands of people who created, nurtured, maintained, put in a bazillion hours of volunteer work AND to all the people who have loved it over the years. I just think it is HUGE.Personally, I give the festival a LOT of credit for keeping wool sheep breeds and the fiber arts alive. The US started the return to spinning, wool love and breed specific yarns, quite a few years before the UK picked up wool mantle with us.
And we are very proud to be a vendor!
Please come visit us in the Main Exhibition Hall, booths D16 & 17 look for our 50th Marigold-en Anniversary specials and the "thank you customers!" raffle of a custom woven throw dyed with marigolds.
One raffle ticket for every $50 in purchases. Drawing at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at our booth. You do not need to be present to win, but it would be more fun if you are. 😁🥁🎉
See below for the full list of what we are bringing.
Want to plan ahead? Download our free yarn comparison chart here.
the hours are:
Saturday: gates open at 8:30 a.m. & close at 6:00 p.m. They say “NO EARLY ADMISSION”
Sunday: vendors are open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is $10 per day for those 18 and older. Under 18 are free.
This might seem like a big jump, but the costs of hosting the festival have gone up dramatically in the past couple years. The president of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, who puts on the festival, gave one example: "the white tents you see all around the festival—their cost has tripled. We hope you understand we had to raise our admission fee to help cover the increase in expenses. If you are in a position to do so, please consider donating to the festival. A gift from you will help ensure the festival will continue far into the future."
I want to bring a couple things to your attention:
Opening Ceremony to celebrate 50 years
Saturday, 10: a.m. at the rear of Main Exhibition Hall
Free Fiber Arts Lecture: Embracing your Fibershed
Saturday, 4:00 p.m. at rear of Exhibition Annex
The 50th Anniversary Museum is in the 4-H Hall.
I’m excited about this!
What we are bringing:
- Border Leicester sport (fully Chesapeake Fibershed [CF])
- Clun Forest light (Shave ’em to Save ’em [SE2SE])
- Coopworth lace
- Coopworth sport
- Cotswold true lace (SE2SE)
- Dorset hike
- Karakul (SE2SE)
- Romney semi-worsted
- Romney mohair
- Targhee 2 ply
- Tunis 3 ply (SE2SE)
Roving (lots of new color blends arrived from the mills just in time for the festival!
- Border Leicester
- Cotswold (SE2SE)
- Dorset Horn (SE2SE)
- Dorset polled
- Jacob (SE2SE)
- Karakul (SE2SE)
- Leicester Longwool (SE2SE)
- Romney (new colors and Romney/alpaca blend with confetti colors)
- Tunis (SE2SE) (see four new colors above!)
Patterns available online (not bringing printed patterns)
- climbing ivy vest (for Border Leicester sport)
- honeycomb tunic (for Clun Forest light)
- cobbled wrap & scarf (for Coopworth sport)
- intersections hat (for llama-rama!)
- rolled brim hat (free, for Targhee 2)
- sirkel cowl (for Targhee 2)
- Romney button up neck wrap (for Romney semi-worsted)
- dye-hard, knit-easy cowl (free, for Romney semi-worsted)
- felted bucket bags (for Karakul and Targhee 2 ply)
- mitered baby stroller blanket (for Clun Forest light)
- Loudoun shawl (for Border Leicester sport or Romney mohair)
- Squared up cardigan (for Targhee 2) available in the online shop next week, free with 6 skein purchase of Targhee 2 at booth this weekend.