Upcoming events

    • October 26, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Dutch's Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue Frederick, MD 21703

    6-7 PM Reception & Happy Hour (Appetizers & Cash Bar)
    7-8 PM Dinner Buffet 
    8-10 PM Program (including Featured Presentation, Election of MSBA Officers and Board Members, Door Prizes, and more)

    Cost: $25 per person, $15 for children under 12.

    Guest Speaker:Jason Nicholson
    , Adventures of Iceland’s Réttir – Iceland’s Annual Sheep Roundup

    Icelandic sheep, horses and Iceland, what’s not to like? For centuries, every September, Icelandic farmers head-out scaling mountains and valleys on horseback and foot collecting their sheep, driving them back home to large corrals to then be sorted and returned to their farms before the long winter settles in. The annual sheep roundup, called réttir, is one of the oldest and most important traditions in Iceland where locals invite family and friends to help with the roundup and celebrate this annual tradition. Shepherd, horseback rider and photographer Jason Nicholson just returned from Iceland having participated in the réttir and will give a multimedia presentation on his adventures there traversing the Icelandic mountains on horseback, gathering sheep and sorting them with the local farmers.

    Please plan on attending in what should be a very enjoyable evening with time to mingle, share and chat!

    • May 04, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • May 05, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD
    The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is the flagship event of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association. Beginning with the first Festival in 1974, the Festival has provided a celebration of the incredible creature that is the sheep. The Festival both showcases, and provides a marketplace for, the amazing range of products, services, activities, skills and artistry that both support and reflect the inspiring variety of what sheep have to offer. Festival attendees, which number in the tens of thousands, range from those who already love sheep — farmers, shepherds, spinners, knitters, dyers, artists, chefs, and animal lovers — to those who are curious about learning more.

    With hundreds of sheep representing over 40 breeds on display in the Breed Display barn, the show rings and auction, as well as sheepdog herding demonstrations, a sheep-to-shawl competition, and seminars and classes for shepherds, fiber enthusiasts, and children, educational opportunities abound. Vendor booths and a highly successful Fleece Show & Sale allow producers from Maryland and beyond to sell their wares. All of this serves to reinforce the Association’s mission of promoting the local lamb and wool industry, and increasing public knowledge of the healthful and useful qualities of lamb and wool.

    For full details, visit www.sheepandwool.org.

    MSBA members receive a free catalog and free admission to the Festival!