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24th Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival - May 3-4, 1997

Poster: "Terry L. Neill" <Neilltl@ptsc.slg.eds.com>

All -

Since Their Royal Highnesses has graciously arranged for this weekend to be
free, (and I'm sure They did it just so all could go to this event!) here is
information on the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival - a must-see for any
fiber-interested person!

SWAT unite!

        - Anarra

>West Friendship, Maryland  - Fiber artists will find 
>an expansive array of competitions, seminars and shopping
> opportunities at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on 
>Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th at the Howard County
>Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. 
>"Loom Land," a special exhibit presented by 5 leading loom 
>manufacturers, (in addition to those loom makers who can be
>found at their usual locations) will give visitors the chance
>to understand and try out different types of weaving equipment.
>Mountain Loom Co., Good Wood Co., Schacht Spindle Co., 
>Kessenich Looms and Norsk Fjord will have looms warped and ready 
>or people to try out in "Loom Land."  In addition to providing 
>demonstrations and advice, representatives of these firms will 
>be leading seminars throughout the weekend, with topics spanning 
>the workings of a loom, matching equipment to projects, 8-harness 
>table looms, tapestry and weft-faced weaving.  
>Several classes will be geared to children and teenagers including
>"Weaving on a Paper Plate Loom."  These and other weekend crafts 
>sessions are free of charge or require only a nominal fee.
>Prior to the official opening of the Festival, three in-depth 
>fibercraft workshops led by nationally renowned artisans will be held.  
>On Thursday May 1st and Friday May 2nd, Deb Menz  will cover 
>dying and blending on a drum carder and spinning.  Participants 
>will be dying roving, then splitting and recombining the fiber 
>to make both vivid solids and variegated Colored yarn.  
>Margaret Fisher will teach "Sock Knitting" in another Thursday 
>class, explaining how to design, turn the heel and use the Kirchner 
>method of weaving off for a seamless toe.  Previous experience 
>casting on, knitting and purling is assumed.  
>On Friday and Saturday, Nancy Harvey presents "Tapestry Weaving."  
>This class for beginners will cover both design and technique.  
>These popular workshops carry a fee and registration is limited.   
>Sign-ups will be taken by phone at (410) 531-3647 on a first-come, 
>first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m.EST on April 21st.
>Over 200 vendors will offer wares from woolen apparel to spinning 
>and knitting supplies to jewelry and paintings.   Other highlights 
>of the full weekend's line-up include a "'Sheep to Shawl" contest 
>where teams race to shear, spin and weave wool from the sheep's 
>back to a final garment within a three-hour time limit and a parade
>featuring woolly paragons of more than 30 breeds.  
>An auction will enable attendees to buy and sell used craft and 
>farm equipment.  
>Other activities include skein and garment, junior spinning, and 
>shearing competitions, as well as working sheep dog and cooking 
>demonstrations.  Breeders from across the U.S. and Canada will 
>bring nearly 1,000 animals to compete in the sheep show.
>Billed as the largest event of its kind, the Festival attracts 
>tens of thousands of visitors annually.  Admission and parking 
>are free.  The fairgrounds are open to the public from 9:00 a.m 
>to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday 
>(crafts buildings close at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 5:00 p.m. Sunday).
>Attendees may not bring dogs on the fairgrounds.  
>Questions should be directed to Leslie Bauer at the 
>Festival Office, P.O. Box 99, Glenwood, MD 21738, 
>(410) 531 - 3647.
>Budd Martin will evaluate fine and medium wool breeds. 
>Jim Marshall will pick the longwool prizewinners Saturday 
>and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th for the Maryland Sheep & Wool 
>Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, 
>This year the Festival is pleased to welcome the National
>Karakul, National Border Leicester and Natural Colored Border 
>Leicester shows to the line-up.  
>Other classes include Columbia, Corriedale, Lincoln, Rambouillet,
>Romney, Black Lincoln, Black Romney, White Wool Division and 
>Natural Colored Division.  
>Breeders from across the U.S. and Canada will bring nearly 1,000
>animals to compete.  
>Deadline for entries is March 15th.  Questions regarding
>the sheep show only should be directed to Natalie Glunz at (717) 838-6863.
>Submitted by: 
>     Wheat Carr - Wandering Wolf Design - http://www.craftwolf.com
>     Net E-Mail: wheat@craftwolf.com  or at Compuserve: 71774,3401
>----- End of forwarded message from Wheat Carr -----
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