Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Rams Horn at The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year is May 2 & 3. It is largest and longest-running showcase of domestic sheep and wool in the United States. We will be exhibiting for the 14th year. Our booth of textile related jewelry and buttons will once more be in the large metal building at the bottom of the hill, MAIN:A27.

The festival was started in 1973, In 2003 it attracted over 70,000 people. The 2008 festival was the 35th consecutive. It is sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. The Festival's purpose is to "educate the public about sheep and wool". It is organized and staffed by volunteers from both the sheep breeding and fiber using communities.

It is held annually during the first weekend in May at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. It has vendors of wool yarn, and judging of more than 30 sheep breeds. Vendors of other fiber-producing livestock such as goats, angora rabbits, llamas, and alpaca also attend.

The festivals includes live music, a "sheep to shawl" contest, and border collie demonstrations. Food vendors sell various lamb dishes including, lamb burgers, gyros, and lamb sausage. There are also lamb cooking contests and lamb cooking demonstrations.

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