Md. Sheep & Wool Festival attracts 35,000 people


May 06, 1999|By Diane Mikulis | Diane Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MORE THAN 35,000 people visited the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds last weekend, in beautiful spring weather.

The festival in West Friendship attracted visitors from all over the state, as well as people from other East Coast states and as far away as Canada.

Spinners, weavers and fiber artists came to get their pick of the best fleece. Farmers and shepherds came to learn techniques for sheep production.

Families came to see and pet the sheep, watch shearing, spinning and weaving demonstrations, and buy wool products and crafts.

Peggy Howell of Glenelg served on the organizing committee and ran a workshop for wool-sheep judges.

She has been involved with the festival for more than 10 years and was extremely pleased with this year's event.

"It was wonderful," Howell said. "And the weather couldn't have been more perfect."

She said the festival is one of the largest and oldest such events in the country. It is run by volunteers, which keeps the costs low so there is no need to charge admission.

"The mission of the festival is to educate the public about sheep and sheep products," Howell said. She feels that making the event free encourages the general public to attend.

Hundreds of people participated in dozens of contests and competitions, and several western Howard County residents came out winners.

Diane Klingelhofer of Blue Moon Farm in Marriottsville received the Shepherd's Award, which was given to the exhibitor who displayed the most educational and attractive sheep pen.

She also received several awards for her Black Lincoln sheep, including best fleece and championship ewe awards.

In the Show Queen contest for young women 14 to 22, Cortney Hill Dukehart of Sykesville and Kristen Cummins of Mount Airy were named princesses.

Their duties will include participation in the Howard County Fair, the Maryland State Fair, the Eastern National Livestock Show and other events or activities that promote sheep and wool.

Risa Levenstein of Woodbine won second place in the Rambouillet breed category, second place in yearling Rambouillet and second place in junior ewe lamb.

In the 4-H/Future Farmers of America sheep judging, Rebecca Hamilton of Woodbine placed fifth in the junior division for 8- to 10-year-olds.

Cortney Hill Dukehart placed fourth in the senior division for 14- to 18-year-olds.

Cecelia Battle of Clarksville received second and third place for watercolor in the fine arts competition. Watercolor entries were required to be related to sheep or wool.

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is held each year on the first full weekend in May, so mark your calendar for May 6 and 7, 2000.

More information on this year's festival is available on the festival's Web site at

A complete list of winners will be posted by the end of next week.


During the day, he's Dr. JoelGoodman, a family dentist with a practice in the Ten Oaks shopping center in Glenelg.

But at night, he's known as "Stardoc," an astronomer who combines his love of astronomy with a desire to work with kids.

For the past few years, Goodman has held "star parties" at western county elementary schools. He sets up several telescopes and helps pupils view celestial wonders, while teaching them about astronomy.

These parties have generated so much interest in astronomy that Goodman has launched the Western Howard County Young Astronomers Club, which held an organizational meeting Monday.

"The meeting was a great success and we're very excited," Goodman said. More than 20 students from Bushy Park and Triadelphia Ridge Elementary schools and Glenwood Middle School attended.

About 10 parents also participated.

"I was impressed by the parents and the good ideas they had," Goodman said. Several parents offered to speak or arrange speakers for future meetings.

The club plans to meet monthly in the fall. The format will be a 30- to 45-minute educational program followed by observation of the night skies.

Two star parties will be held at 8: 30 p.m. in the summer at the Bushy Park Elementary playground.

On June 21, the group will study the moon, and on Aug. 12 they will observe the Perseids meteor shower.

The Western Howard County Young Astronomers Club is open to all county pupils from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Information: 410-531-6600.

River Hill plays

Next week, you'll have two opportunities to enjoy musical talents of River Hill High students.

The school will present its annual MayFest program from 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 14 and from 2 to 5 p.m. May 15 in the auditorium.

The May 14 program will feature the orchestra, the string orchestra, the Divas, madrigal singers, bluegrass band, concert choir, symphonic band and wind ensemble.

On Saturday, performances by the advanced drama class, the Musical Theatre and the dance company are planned.

Admission is free. River Hill High School is at 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville.

Information: 410-313-6927.

Spring concert

Glenelg High School will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from music department members, at the door or by calling the school at 410-313-5528.

Glenelg High is at 14025 Burnt Woods Road.

New principals

Several western Howard schools will have new principals for the 1999-2000 school year. All changes are effective July 1.

Lisbon Elementary School Principal Lou Chillemi will move to Longfellow Elementary in Columbia. He will be replaced by Jack Wineke, who is now at Atholton Elementary.

Manor Woods Elementary Principal John Morningstar will move to Phelps Luck Elementary. He will be replaced by James Weisner, now at Phelps Luck.

Mount View Middle School Principal Marion Payne is leaving the area and will be replaced by James Evans, principal at Harper's Choice Middle.

Also, Vaughn Bradley, a teacher at Mount View, will be promoted to acting assistant principal at Mayfield Woods Middle.

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