Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
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Saturday, May 04, 2019 thru Sunday, May 05, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
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Welcome to the 2019 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, our celebration of sheep and wool and the many related activities that they inspire and enable!
While we may view 46 years as a long run, the Festival reflects traditions reaching back to the domestication of sheep some 10,000 years ago. Over thousands of years of human history people all over the world have shepherded and selectively bred sheep for various desired characteristics for food and fiber. Their work, their vision, their ingenuity and appreciation of the utility and aesthetic qualities of sheep and wool are the foundation of the spectacular array of breeds, and types and uses of wool, and technologies for working with wool, that we gather here to enjoy together. The festival connects us to this long history, to its diverse geographical and cultural roots, and to each other when we gather to immerse ourselves in sheep and wool. To us, this reflects an inherent inclusivity that is so deeply woven into the fabric of the Festival that perhaps we forget to say it.
So, with open hearts we welcome all – shepherds, vendors, fiber artists, sheep and wool equipment crafters, festival visitors and volunteers. Whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever your heritage, your culture, your beliefs, or your lifestyle, we welcome you and join you in this immersion into sheep and wool, and into our celebration of a shared human history.
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