Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival offers travelers one-of-kind experience

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HOWARD COUNTY, Md. – Visitors to Howard County, Maryland will find one of the nation’s most unique festivals at the 44th annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. One of the largest celebrations of all things sheep — from hoof to handwoven — takes place May 6-7 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The festival hosts more than 250 vendors and puts on 40 workshops related to shepherding and fiber arts.

Visitors can watch live shearing demonstrations, enjoy mouth-watering lamb dishes and attend breed shows and auctions, all while listening to traditional shepherding music, played on mandolins, bagpipes and hammered dulcimers. From learning to knit and weave, to watching sheep dog demonstrations and wool fashion shows, the two-day event is loaded with extraordinary experiences.

Additionally, visitors can attend the Saturday Shepherds Feast from 6 to 8 p.m. or the Sunday Breakfast Buffet from 7 to 9 a.m. Other noteworthy events include the Grand Lamb Cook-off, Spinning Competitions, fine art show and a Knit-Along for charity.

“While the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is one of the industry’s largest events, it also offers incredibly unique experiences for our visitors,” said Visit Howard County Executive Director Anthony Cordo. “This year’s event should be bigger and better than ever, with dozens of sheep and wool offerings and entertainment options, including loads of hands-on activities for travelers of all ages.”

The 2017 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival will open its doors at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. for breakfast on Sunday. Parking is free and festival admission is $5 per person. More information can be found at

Located just minutes from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Howard County, Maryland offers a one-of-a-kind blend of rural escapes, big-city dining and culture, unforgettable shopping, small-town charm and rich American history. Complete information on this unique destination is available at or by calling (800) 288-8747 (TRIP).