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Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
Bill and Cindy Bankhead of Springfield Farms in Rock Hall, Maryland exhibited the Supreme Champion Ram, a Lincoln, at the 25th anniversary Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival held May 2nd and 3rd. The Eastern Regional Corriedale show produced the Supreme Champion Ewe, shown by Keith Chamberlin of K&K Corridales, Ashland, Ohio.

Saturday and Sunday, May 1st and 2nd 1999 – 26th year!
Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Maryland
(About 30 minutes west of Baltimore off of I-70)
Free Admission and Parking
Please note that all information is currently for 1998 Festival that has
already occurred. Check back in fall 1998 – winter 1999 for updates on the 1999 Festival.

What began as a gathering for fiber artists to buy the best fleeces from sheep producers has grown to a premier event attracting tens of thousands of visitors annually. The 25th anniversary Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival will feature special new events along with the usual array of demonstrations, competitions, seminars and shopping opportunities . Whether you want to improve your sheep operations, get access to the best in wool crafts or just come out for a good time, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival has a variety of activities just for you!

What began as a gathering for fiber artists to buy the best fleeces from sheep producers has grown to a premier event attracting tens of thousands of visitors annually. The 25th anniversary Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival will feature special new events along with the usual array of demonstrations, competitions, seminars and shopping opportunities . Whether you want to improve your sheep operations, get access to the best in wool crafts or just come out for a good time, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival has a variety of activities just for you!

Background / Introduction

History of the festival (approx. 8-10 pages)
“Mecca to Maryland” – humorous short story about hauling and showing sheep
What’s New

1998 Results (updated 5/11/98)
General InfoFeatured EventsScheduleCompetitionResults

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Sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders’ Association, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is managed and implemented by a volunteer committee. Help is needed the weekend of the Festival and throughout the year in a variety of areas! Please contact the Festival office at (410) 531-3647 if you would like to get involved.

General Information
Dates and Time
25th Anniversary

The 1998 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival will be held Saturday and
Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd.

On Saturday, the grounds are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Crafts buildings close at 6:00 p.m.

On Sunday, the grounds are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Crafts buildings close at 5:00 p.m.

The Festival is always held the first full weekend in May.
Next year’s Festival will be held May 1st and 2nd, 1999.

How to Get to the Howard Country Fairgrounds
The Howard County Fairgrounds on Route 144 in West Friendship, Maryland is approximately 20-30 minutes from Baltimore, 25-35 minutes from Frederick and
1 to 1 1/4 hours from Washington, D.C. Just off of Interstate 70, the Festival is easily accessible by car from most points. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is the nearest airport, about 45 minutes from the fairgrounds.

Directions
From north of Baltimore:

95 South to 695 West, exit 64
695 West to 70 West, exit 16
70 West to 32 South, exit 80
At first light, turn RIGHT onto 144 West
Continue 1/2 mile to fairgrounds on RIGHT
From Frederick Maryland and points west:

70 East to 32 South, exit 80
At first light, turn RIGHT onto 144 West Continue 1/2 mile to fairgrounds on RIGHT
From Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and points south:

495/95 (Capital Beltway) to 95 North, exit 27
95 North to 32 North, exit 38
Continue to LEFT on 144 West
Continue 1/2 mile to fairgrounds on RIGHT
From Baltimore/Washington International Airport:

Follow airport exit signs to 95 South
95 South to 32 North, exit 38
Go about 10 miles, turn RIGHT on 108 East
At second light, turn LEFT, back onto 32 North Continue to LEFT on 144 West
Continue 1/2 mile to fairgrounds on RIGHT

Competition
The following information covers a selection of Festival competitions. Please contact the Festival Office at P.O. Box 99, Glenwood, MD 21738, (410) 531-3647 if you need more information on the fleece, shearing, Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen, “Sheep to Shawl,” Shepherd’s Lead, 4-H and FFA judging, feeder lamb or live animal & carcass contest.
-Sheep Show – Entries Close March 15
-Fleece Show and Sale
-Spinning Contests: Adult Novice and Junior
-Fine Arts Competition
-Sheep Photo Contest
-Youth Poster Contest
-Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen Contest
-Maryland Grand Lamb Cook-Off
-Skein & Garment Competition
-Shepherd’s Lead Contest
-Sheep Shearing Contest

Sheep Show – Entries Close March 15th for 1998
Saturday & Sunday ~ 8:00 am ~ Show Ring
Final Show order will be determined after all entries have been received. Use of dual show rings will allow shows to run concurrently throughout the two day schedule.

Saturday
-Cotswold Show
-Rambouillet
-Romney
-Border Leicester
-Targhee
-Regional Corriedale
-Lincoln
-White Wool: Fine, Medium, Long

Sunday
-Black Romney
-Black Lincoln
-Natural Colored Shows: Fine, Medium, Long
-Black Border Leicester

Fleece Show and Sale
Methods of handling fleeces available to producers:

  1. Fleeces entered in competition and placed for sale
  2. Fleeces consigned for sale.
  3. Fleeces entered in competition only.

The policy of the festival is to be a broker, to make fleeces available to the spinners, and to provide a market for the producers. Producers are responsible for the accuracy of their entry forms. The producers are urged to be selective in the fleeces they enter and reasonable in the prices they set. A percentage of the fleeces entered by each producer should be for sale.

The sale price of the fleeces will be set by the producers. The MSBA commission on all fleece sales will be 10% for MSBA members and 20% for non-members.

Friday, May 1, 12:00 – 6:00 pm Fleeces accepted
Friday, May 1, 6:00 pm Show fleeces judged
Saturday, May 2, 12:30 pm Judges explanation
Saturday, May 2, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Fleece sale hours
Sunday, May 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Fleece sale hours

Fleeces entered for competition, but not offered for sale, may not be removed from the fleece barn prior to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Unsold fleeces must be removed by the producers Sunday, May 3, between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Unclaimed fleeces become the property of MSBA. MSBA will not be responsible for fleeces lost, stolen or erroneously sold.

Fleeces must be from the current (1997-98) wool crop and represent no more than 15 months growth. Each fleece must be clean, free of chaff, burrs, tags and second cuts. They must be skirted and tied with paper twine.

Division I Natural Colored Fleeces
Division II White Fleeces

Classes:
A. Fine: Spinning Count Grade 64’s to 80’s (i.e. Merino, Rambouillet, Targhee)
B. Medium: Spinning Count Grade 50’s to 62′ (i.e. Corriedale, Columbia, Cheviot, Montadale, Tunis)
C. Long: Spinning Count Grade 36’s to 48’s (i.e. Romney, Cotswold, Leicester, Lincoln, Coopworth)
D. Double-Coated: (i.e. Karakul, Scottish Blackface, Navajo-Churro)

Division I & II will each have classes A, B, C and D.
Fleeces will be judged on suitability for handspinning.

PREMIUMS: Each class: 1st – $20; 2nd – $15; 3rd – $12; 4th – $10; 5th – $9

Division III Breed Class Fleeces
Classes: Merino, Rambouillet, Columbia, Corriedale, Lincoln, Romney, Montadale, Leicester, Cheviot, Cotswold, Coopworth

Fleeces will be judged on fleece characteristics of the breed.

PREMIUMS: Each class: 1st – $20; 2nd – $15

A maximum of seven (7) fleeces may be entered for competition and/or sale. The same fleece may not be entered in more than one class. A maximum of two fleeces per breed may be entered for competition in Division III.

Special Fleece Show Awards
Champion Fleece, each Division: $20 and Rosette
Grand Champion Fleece: Rosette
Best Maryland Fleece in Show: Pat Brown Memorial Award

Entry Information
Entry fees are $4.00 per fleece for competition and $2.00 per fleece consigned for sale. Make checks payable to Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Entry fees will be refunded to any fleece exhibitor who volunteers 2 hours of their time to the Fleece Show and Sale during the Festival. Sign up at the Festival when you bring your entries.

Use the entry form printed below. Make copies for multiple entries.

Spinning Contests: Junior and Adult Novice 1998
Saturday ~ 2:30 pm ~ Pavilion
The Junior Spinning Contest is for anyone under the age of 18 who has attempted the art of spinning. Spinners will spin for 15 minutes. Their yarn will than be skeined and entered in the category chosen by the contestant. All skeins will be measured for Class 5 and judged for best overall skein.

Premiums and ribbons will be awarded in the following categories:
Class 1. Most Even Yarn
Class 2. Fattest Yarn
Class 3. Lumpiest Yarn
Class 4. Skinniest Yarn
Class 5. Longest Yarn

The premiums for each class are as follows:
1st – $10.00; 2nd – $8.00; 3rd – $6.00; 4th – $4.00; 5th – $2.00.
Best overall skein will be awarded an extra $10.00.

The Adult Novice Spinning Contest was formed to give adults a chance to show their talents. In order to be eligible for this contest, one may not have more than 2 years of spinning experience. Spinners will spin for 20 minutes, after which their skeins will be placed in the class of the contestant’s choice. All skeins will be judged for best overall skein.

Premiums and ribbons will be awarded for the following classes:

Class 1. Most even yarn (fine)
Class 2. Most even yarn (medium)
Class 3. Most even yarn (thick)

The premiums for each class are as follows:
1st – $13.00; 2nd – $9.00; 3rd – $7.00.
Best overall skein receives an extra $10.00.

Contestants in both competitions are asked to bring their own wheels; carded wool will be provided. Contestants are also encouraged to bring a 2 yard niddy-noddy for skeining the finished yarn.

Fine Arts Competition – 1998
On display Saturday & Sunday ~ All Day ~ Building B

This art competition is sponsored by the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and is intended to encourage artists to participate in the Festival with their entries featuring sheep or wool related subjects.

The competition is open to ALL artists. Medium used can be oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, graphics, tapestry, sculpture, etc. Size limitation is a maximum of 48 inches in any direction, including frame. All entries must be suitably framed and equipped for hanging.

A Special 25th Anniversary Class: “What the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Means to Me” is being offered this year to celebrate this special accomplishment. We are encouraging all artists to participate with their interpretation of this subject in any medium. Special awards for this class are: 1st – $25.00; 2nd – $15.00; 3rd – $10.00.

Artists are eligible to enter three pieces of work, but no more than two monetary prizes will be awarded to any one exhibitor. The Best of Show prize can only be won for three consecutive years by the same exhibitor.

Awards offered (totaling $425.00): Best of Show – $100.00; Reserve – $50.00.

1st – $20.00, 2nd – $15.00 and 3rd – $10.00 will also be offered in each category.

The Festival gives the artist the opportunity to offer their competition pieces for sale. The price, along with the artist’s name, title of the art work, and other pertinent information will be posted on the art work at the conclusion of the judging. The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival requests a 10% commission on all sales. The purchaser can make checks payable to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

Entries are to be delivered Friday, May 1 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. to the Fine Arts Competition location on the Festival grounds. If you need to mail in your entry, contact the Fine Arts Chairman. Please include return postage. Judging will be at 5:00 pm. All work must remain throughout the Festival and is to be removed Sunday, May 3 between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Any pieces not picked up become the property of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. The Festival committee assumes no responsibility for damage or loss of entries, but will make every effort to display and care for all the art pieces entered.

Entry Fee: $1.00. Make checks payable to: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

Sheep Photo Contest – 1998
On display Saturday & Sunday ~ All Day ~ Building B

This photo contest is sponsored by the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The contest is intended to encourage photographers to explore the challenge and beauty of sheep and the versatility of wool and related products. All photos must be related to these subjects.

This competition is open to ALL photographers. Minimum size of prints, 5″ x 7″. Entries are limited to two in each class.

Photos will be judged on composition and quality. All photos must be mounted or framed and ready to hang with wire or hook.

Please write name, address and title of photo on the back of all photos.

Categories: Color and Black and White
Classes (Offered in both Color and Black and White):

1) Portraits (i.e., heads, figures)
2) Lambs
3) Landscapes
4) Still Life
5) People in Sheep/Wool Related Activities
6) Stable Scenes
7) Special 25th Anniversary Class: “What the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Means to Me”

Awards Offered (Totaling $322.00):
1st – $8.00, 2nd – $7.00 and 3rd – $5.00 in each class.

Entries will be received Friday, May 1 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. If you need to mail in your entries, contact the Photo Chairman. Please include return postage. Judging will be at 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 1. Entries may be claimed between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3. Those not claimed become the property of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. The Festival committee assumes no responsibility for damage or loss of entries, but will make every effort to display and care for photos entered.

Entry Fee: $1.00 per photo.

Make checks to: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

Youth Poster Contest – 1998
On display Saturday & Sunday ~ All Day ~ Building B

Posters must be received by mail before May 1 or may be entered in person Friday, May 1 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Entries will be judged at 5:00 pm. Posters may be picked up between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3. Unclaimed posters become the property of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association.

Class 1. Breed Promotion
Class 2. Wool Promotion
Class 3. Meat Promotion

All classes will be judged in three age divisions:

Mini – 10 years old and under
Junior – 11 thru 13
Senior – 14 to 18

Exhibitors need not be 4-H or FFA members. Only one entry per class.

Posters must be designed on or affixed to standard poster board (14″ x 22″ or 22″ x 28″). Posters may be in any medium. Please do not use copyrighted characters.

Entries will be judged on:

  1. Information given and idea expressed
  2. Construction

Trophies, money and ribbons will be awarded.

Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen Contest -1998

Friday ~ 7:00 pm ~ Show Ring

The 1998 Maryland Lamb and Wool Queen and Princesses will be chosen at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. These young ladies will represent the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association and help to promote sheep and wool during the following year.

Qualifications:

  1. Must be between the ages of 14 and 22 inclusive
  2. Must be active in some area of sheep or wool production: purebreds, commercial, 4-H or FFA project, spinning, etc.

Responsibilities:

  1. Participate actively at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.
  2. Assist at the Maryland Wool Pool (2 days in June)
  3. Attend and help with the county fairs, Maryland State Fair, and the Eastern National Livestock Show.
  4. Assist with the Maryland State Fair’s Lead Class.
  5. Give a report of activities at the Maryland Sheep Breeders annual banquet in October.
  6. Promote Lamb and Wool in a variety of other ways: 4-H clubs, Ag Week displays, etc.
  7. Assist with the 1999 Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen Contest.

Criteria for Selection:

  1. Poise and ease of contestant.
  2. Apparent zest or stage presence of contestant.
  3. Previous background and activities with sheep and wool.
  4. Knowledge of the sheep and wool industry.
  5. Public speaking ability.

Gifts will be awarded to all contestants. The Queen will receive a cash award of $100. The Princesses will each receive a cash award of $25.

Maryland Grand Lamb Cook-Off – 1998
Enter your favorite lamb recipe in the Fourteenth Annual Maryland Grand Lamb Cook-Off.

Rules:

  1. A minimum of 1 lb. of any cut of American lamb must be used.
  2. All entries will be judged on taste (40 points), appearance (20 points), originality (20 points) and ease of preparation (20 points).
  3. Prior to the Cook-Off, ten finalists will be selected from entries. These ten finalists will be invited to prepare their recipes for the judges at the Festival. Each finalist will be provided with an electric outlet, table and access to a limited number of ovens. Contestants must furnish their own grills, microwaves or other necessary cooking equipment, utensils and serving materials to present their entries to the three judges.
  4. No drinks to be served. There will be ice water available for the judges.
  5. Tablesetting for three judges.
  6. Servings no more than one third actual portion per judge.
  7. Entries must be postmarked no later than April 9, 1998.

Prizes:
All ten finalists will receive prizes provided by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, Inc.

On the basis of the judges decision, prize money will be awarded as follows:
First Place – $150.00; Second Place – $125.00; Third Place -$100.00; Fourth Place – $75.00; Fifth Place – $50.00.

How to Enter:

  1. Type or print your recipe on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper. These recipes will not be returned, may be reproduced for distribution, and become the property of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.
  2. List all ingredients in order used, no brand names.
  3. Give complete recipe directions.
  4. Please include your name, address, home phone, work phone and name of your recipe.

Skein & Garment Competition – 1998
RULES

  1. A maximum of two entries per class will be accepted from each entrant
  2. Each handspun article (garment or other item) must be spun and constructed by the entrant alone. If a garment is not spun by the entrant it must be entered in a commercial yarn division. Skeins spun from commercially prepared fiber may only be entered in Divisions 8, 9 and 12.
  3. Work must have been completed since the 1997 Festival.
  4. All items must be clean.
  5. All work must be at least 50% wool, wool being defined as produced from the fleece of sheep; there are exceptions in the Handspun Skein Division, where 100% wool is required.
  6. Machine-knitted items may only be entered in Divisions 23-25, and 35-37.
  7. There is an entry fee of $2.00 per skein or garment (article).
  8. If you are mailing your entries, complete the entry form in this catalog. Include one self- sticking address label for each item, with your name, address and telephone number, so your article may be identified by viewers after the judging. Attach a note to each article listing division name and number; a brief description including fiber, intended use, technique, and sheep breed if known. You must indicate if the item was commercially prepared in any way. Indicate if the entrant is a junior, 18 or under. If the yarn was spun from a Maryland sheep, or a sheep owned by a member of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, indicate that and identify the producer. DO NOT send hangers or display equipment. Note that mailed items must be received no later than April 30, 1998.
  9. If you are entering your items at the Festival, please bring self-sticking address labels for each of your entries; include your telephone number on the label. Tags will be provided for each item on which you will need to write the following (or attach a pre-written note): the division name and number; a brief description including fiber, intended use, technique and sheep breed, if known. You must indicate if the item was commercially prepared in any way. If the yarn was spun from a Maryland sheep, or a sheep owned by a member of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, indicate that and identify the producer. Also indicate if the entrant is a junior, 18 or under.
  10. Each skein must contain a minimum of 2 ounces of handspun fiber for thick and medium, 1 ounce for fine and _ ounce for super fine. Each skein must be 1 _ to 2 yards in circumference, wound neatly and tied in at least three places. Failure to do so will disqualify the skein.
  11. Entries will be accepted Friday, May 1 between 12 and 3 p.m., or by mail prior to the Festival (see #8 above). Mailed entries must include entry fee. Make checks payable to: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.
  12. Judging will take place Friday afternoon and evening, May 1. The judges have the right to shift entries to more appropriate categories. All entries will be on display during Festival hours under supervision and will be released Sunday, May 3 between 4 and 5 p.m. Items will NOT be returned by mail. Items not picked up will become the property of the MSBA. The Festival will make every effort to display and care for the entered pieces, but assumes no responsibility for damage or loss.

PREMIUMS
Cash prizes will be awarded for First Place ($6.00), Second Place ($4.00) and Third Place ($2.00) and ribbons, for First through Fifth Place for all divisions, except the Special Division which has a First Place award of $25.00.

SPECIAL PRIZES
(all are $25.00 cash awards or gift certificates)
Best in Show – donated by The Weavers Place of Baltimore, MD
Best Woven Article – donated by The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore
Best Handspun Skein – donated by The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore
Best Handspun Article – donated by The Cloverhill Spinners, in memory of Peggy Stidham
Best Innovative Design – donated by The Potomac Craftsmen
Best Basket of Yarn – donated by The Moonspinners
Best Sweater Knitted from Commercial Yarn – donated by Fiberworks of Ashton, MD
Best Knitted Item – donated by The Central Maryland Knitting Guild
Best Novice Spinner – donated by The Chesapeake Spinners & Weavers
Best Junior Fiber Artist – donated by Sandy Spring Friends School
Best Machine Knit Article – donated by Fiber Fantasy Knitting Products of Owings Mills, MD
Best Tapestry – donated by Springwater Fiber Workshop, Inc. of Alexandria VA
Best Knitting for Dolls and Bears – donated by The Central Maryland Knitting Guild, in memory of Lynna Babs Spornick

MARYLAND SHEEP BREEDERS ASSOCIATION PRIZES
Any yarn spun from a Maryland sheep or a sheep owned by a member of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association are eligible for the following prizes, which are awarded to the sheep breeder:

  1. Best of Maryland Wool – Skein
  2. Best of Maryland Wool – Article
  3. Best of Maryland Wool – Producer

THE FOURTH ANNUAL “FREDDIE” AWARD
A $100 cash award to the weaver of the most creative handwoven article in the show. This award is funded by an endowment from the family and friends of Mary Fredrika Pfeiffer, an avid Festival supporter. The “Freddie” Award will continue her encouragement of excellence in creative handweaving.

MARYLAND MAKE-IT-YOURSELF-WITH-WOOL CONTEST PRIZE
Free registration ($15 value) to the 1998 Maryland Make-It-Yourself-With-Wool Contest awarded to two Maryland residents under the age of 25, for the most outstanding garment. Garments may be sewn of purchased, handloomed or felted fabric, or may be knitted or crocheted. Eligible garments are: a complete top (blouse, jacket, vest or sweater); bottom (skirt, skort, pants); full jumper; suit; dress; or coat.

DIVISIONS
Handspun Skein Division – 100% Natural Colored Wool which demonstrates even twist and good hand
(Super Fine is more than 30 wraps per inch, Fine is 20 or more, Medium is 10 to 19, Thick is less than 10)

  1. A super fine singles 100% natural colored wool yarn.
  2. A fine singles 100% natural colored wool yarn.
  3. A medium to thick singles 100% natural colored wool yarn.
  4. A super fine plied 100% natural colored wool yarn.
  5. A fine plied 100% natural colored wool yarn.
  6. A medium plied 100% natural colored wool yarn.
  7. A thick plied 100% natural colored wool yarn.

Handspun Skein Division – at least 50% wool

  1. A singles yarn from commercially prepared fibers.
  2. A plied yarn from commercial prepared fibers.
  3. A singles yarn dyed (natural or chemical) by spinner.
  4. A plied yarn , prepared and dyed (natural or chemical) by spinner.
  5. A plied yarn, commercially prepared, dyed (natural or chemical) by spinner.
  6. A novelty yarn. To qualify as Novelty, the yarn must be spun using a defined technique and be well constructed, examples are boucle, corespun, tufted, etc.
  7. Handspinners Dyed Yarn Basket – a minimum of one pound of yarn spun in any manner for use in one project displayed in a basket. Include a description of the fiber techniques used to spin the yarn and its intended use. A pattern, sketch or sample swatch of the project must be displayed. This class will be judged on craftsmanship and creativity.
  8. Handspinners Natural Color Yarn Basket – same as 14.
  9. Novice Spinner (spinning one year or less) – A single or plied yarn.

Knitted Articles Using Handspun Yarn Division

  1. Sweater made from yarn of one color.
  2. Sweater made from yarn of more than one color.
  3. Sweater made from natural colored yarn.
  4. Accessories.
  5. Blankets, afghans, scarves and shawls.
  6. Miscellaneous

Articles Knitted by Machine Using Handspun Yarn Division

  1. Small to medium article of apparel.
  2. Large article of apparel.
  3. Miscellaneous.

Woven Articles Using Handspun Yarn Division

  1. Large article of apparel.
  2. Small to medium article of apparel.
  3. Blankets, afghans, scarves and shawls.
  4. Miscellaneous.

Knitted Articles Using Commercial Yarn Division

  1. Adult sweater made from yarn of one color.
  2. Adult sweater made from yarn of more than one color.
  3. Child sweater.
  4. Afghans, scarves and shawls.
  5. Miscellaneous.

Articles Knitted by Machine, Using Commercial Yarn Division

  1. Small to medium article of apparel.
  2. Large article of apparel.
  3. Miscellaneous.

Woven Articles Using Commercial Yarn Division

  1. Large article of apparel.
  2. Small to medium article of apparel.
  3. Constructed garment.
  4. Blankets, afghans, scarves and shawls.
  5. Miscellaneous.

Sewn Garments Made from Commercially Produced Fabric Division

  1. Suits and coats.
  2. Dresses and jumpers.
  3. Tops (blouse, jacket, vest) and bottoms (skirt, skort, pants).

Miscellaneous Technique Division

  1. Felted article – small item.
  2. Felted article – medium to large item.
  3. Combination of techniques – small to medium item.
  4. Combination of techniques – large item.
  5. Crocheted.
  6. Group item – maximum of four participants who produced and created a handspun article. All participants must be identified with their skills listed. Purchased yarn may not be used.

Special Division (Changed Yearly)

  1. Tapestry. Made from handspun or commercially produced yarn.
  2. Knitting for dolls and bears. Made from handspun or commercially produced yarn.

Junior Division
Participants must be 18 years old or younger. The Junior Division is composed of Classes 1 through 51, using the same definitions as the adult divisions. Ribbons and cash prizes are the same as the Adult Divisions.

Shepherd’s Lead Contest

  1. Classes: Junior Class: ages 5-13, Senior Class: ages 14-19, Adult Class: 20 years & over
  2. Contestants must wear a 100% wool outfit.
  3. Contestants must halter train a ewe lamb, yearling ewe, or a wether lamb.
  4. The sheep does not have to be owned by the competitor. It must have at least two inches of fleece. The sheep will be judged on its fleece, so wool should not be blocked, clipped or trimmed in any way, except for the removal of dung tags.
  5. The sheep may be colored or white, and need not be registered.
  6. All sheep entered must be accompanied by a veterinary certification of health of the flock of origin.
  7. Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Wool Outfit – 40 points
15 pts – handknit, crocheted, handwoven or sewn
15 pts – color, fit and style
5 pts – handspun
5 pts – handwork done by exhibitor

Sheep’s Fleece – 30 points
15 pts – general appearance, clean fleece
10 pts – well defined crimp, evenness of fleece
5 pts – if sheep is owned by exhibitor

Poise and Control – 30 points
15 pts – poise of contestant
15 pts – control of the animal

Total – 100 points

  1. Premiums in each class are as follows:
    1st – $60.00; 2nd – $25.00; 3rd – $15.00; 4th – $10.00
  2. To register for the Shepherds Lead Contest, send your name, address and phone number, the class you are entering and a short description of your outfit and information about the sheep

Sheep Shearing Contest
Rules:

  1. There will be one division: Professional (sheared over 700 sheep in a lifetime).
  2. Each contestant will shear 3 sheep in a timed competition.
  3. Judging Criteria:
    Time :20%
    Absence of 2nd cuts in fleece :20%
    Absence of cuts on sheep :30%
    Appearance of shorn sheep :30%
  4. Contestants must provide their own equipment.
  5. Rake combs are not permitted.
  6. Premiums totaling $400 will be awarded.
  7. Additional prizes will be awarded.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO SHEEPMAN SUPPLY COMPANY FOR SPONSORING THIS CONTEST!

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