This was the 38th year for the all-volunteer, free Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. There were over forty different breeds of sheep (baa!) on display and, of course, demonstrations of sheep dog skillz. Lots of workshops available for both farmers and crafters, and hundreds of vendors for shopping. There were demonstrations of spinning, yarn-dyeing and all kinds of other fiber techniques. And so many competitions, including one titled “Sheep to Shawl.”
One of the show’s highlights is the blade shearing competition, with shearers coming from all over the country. No electrics, they use hand-powered shears. It’s the only competition like this in the States. The winner (Emily Chamelin) goes on to compete internationally in New Zealand.
To get a feel for the event, please check out my slideshow, I took a lot of pictures for you.