Upcoming Events

August – November 2017

2017 Howard County Fair – West Friendship, MD – Aug. 5-13, 2017 @ Howard County Fair
Aug 5 – Aug 13 all-day

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Plan on visiting the Howard County Fair — many attractions, entertainment, and all breeds of livestock shows — both 4-H shows and Open Class shows.

The Fairgrounds are located off I-70 and the Rte. 32 exit.

The Fair has all types of Contests — check the website for what is going on each day.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Wool Breed Sheep Shows

Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Meat Breed Goat Shows

Thursday, Aug. 11 — Meat Breed Sheep Shows

Go to the Howard County Fair website for more information.   www.howardcountyfair.org/

PA Performance Tested Ram & Buck Goat Sale – Saturday, August 5, 2017 @ PA Livestock Evaluation Center (south of State College, PA)
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Excellent selection of performance tested 2017 Ram Lambs, and 2017 Meat Goat Bucks.   Rams and Buck Goats tested for rate of gain, loin eye measurement, soundness, codon tested, and more.

Go on the Livestock Evaluation Center’s website — click on “Catalogs” — download Sale Catalog.   Also, download the two-week performance reports — review their progress.

Website:   http://www.livestockevaluationcenter.com

Questions — call Greg Hubbard, the Manager of the Ram & Buck Goat Test and Sale.

Talk with the Breeders of the Buck Goats and Rams.

Sale begins at 1:00 pm — Sale order:

Boer Bucks:  Senior Full Bloods, Junior Full Bloods, Senior Percentages, Junior Percentages.

Does will be sold following the Boer Bucks.

Rams:  Suffolk, Dorper, White Dorper, Texel, Dorset, Hampshire, Shropshire, Natural Colored, Crossbreds.

Ewes will be sold following the Ram Sale.

Food and refreshments sold by a local 4-H club.

2017 Montgomery County Fair — Gaithersburg, MD — Aug. 11-19, 2017 @ Montgomery County Fair
Aug 11 – Aug 19 all-day

2011 MC 4-H Show - McAgFair.11H17.117 (3) 491x328Each day, the Fair has a large number of Events.

You will especially enjoy the Pig Races held 4 times a day.

Check the Fair Schedule to see when the many livestock shows are held.

The 4-H and Open Class Goat and Sheep Shows are Tuesday – Wednesday and Thursday.

Photo:  4-H Event where the 4-H’er is showing a matched pair of lambs.  The Judge is evaluating the lambs.

Go to the Montgomery County Fair website for more information.

Frederick City — In-The-Streets Festival — Saturday, September 9, 2017 @ Frederick City, MD -- In-The-Streets Festival
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

history-blockThe Frederick County Sheep Breeders (FCSB) will again participate in the In-The-Streets Festival — Saturday, September 9, 2017.

The FCSB booth is in the Creek Side Market area — along the Carroll Creek Linear Park — just east of the South Market Street bridge over Carroll Creek.


Dawn Richardson, and other FCSB Fiber Folks will be selling their various rovings, many varieties of hand-spun yarns, blended yarns, woolen hand-knits, woolen blankets, and figurines made with wool.

The FCSB will have a group of lambs in a pen —  with shearing demonstrations by professional shearers on how sheep are sheared, and their hooves trimmed.    These demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

The FCSB will also provide lamb tasting, sponsored by the American Lamb Board.   Go to the American Lamb Board website for great recipes, lamb cuts, resources, and more.   Open and click on the “Menu” in the upper right hand corner:   www.AmericanLamb.com

Marc Leone, a professional chef, will be cooking the lamb sausage, providing samples, and talking with folks regarding various lamb recipes.

For more information about the Frederick County Sheep Breeders, click on⇒:   www.fredericksheepbreeders.com


The Great Frederick Fair — September 15 to 23, 2017 @ The Frederick County Fairgrounds
Sep 15 – Sep 23 all-day


A County Fair is the culmination of dedication and hard work by 4-H’ers in raising, developing, and showing their 4-H project animals.

The Frederick County Sheep Breeders supports and provides awards for the following 4-H Sheep Events and Open Class Events:

1.  The four 4-H Fitting and Showmanship Classes, cash awards in each.

2.   The 4-H Breed Shows for:  Cheviot, Dorset, Hampshire, Natural Colored, Romney, Shropshire, Southdown, Suffolk, Other Wool Breeds, and Other Meat Breeds.

3.   The Bred and Owned 4-H Supreme Champion Ram  (best 4-H Ram over all breeds shown).

4.   The Bred and Owned 4-H Supreme Champion Ewe  (best 4-H Ewe over all breeds shown).

5.   The Open Class — Premier Exhibitor Banner —  Champion Wool Breeds, Flock of 5 sheep.  Show and award presented Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 15th.

6.   The Open Class — Premier Exhibitor Banner — Champion Meat Breeds, Flock of 5 sheep.  Show and award presented Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16th.

7.   The Decorated Lamb Show and Shepherd’s Lead Show, Wednesday evening.

Dente Brasher is the 4-H Sheep Superintendent.   Barbara Mullen is the Open Class Sheep Superintendent.   Other Superintendents are:  David Fuss and Ashley Travis.   Donald & Sharron Pilson are the announcers and assist in the show ring.   Plus, many, many FCSB families assist in the Sheep and Goat Barns during Fair Week.

Check out the Great Frederick Fair website:   http://thegreatfrederickfair.com/

The Fair dates are Sept. 15 to 23, 2017.

Rose Hill Manor Farm — Fall Open House — Oct. 7-8, 2017 @ Rose Hill Manor Park
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm

The Rose Hill Manor Farm, in Frederick, Maryland, has a Spring and a Fall Open House each year.

The Farm’s Fall Open House is Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, 2017.

Hours:  Saturday:  10 am to 4 pm.   Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm.

Sheep, goats, cows, chicks, bunnies and other livestock will be on display in the bank barn.  The Frederick County Sheep Breeders will provide ewes and their lambs in the bank barn.   Will have Shearing demonstrations each day.

There are many activities for the family — hay rides, tractor pull, music, visit the carriage museum, food, and activities for the kids.

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  http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=2893   Click on “Events”.

Maryland Sheep Breeders Annual Dinner — Friday, October 13, 2017 @ Dutch's Daughter Restaurant, Frederick, MD
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

At Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, Frederick, Maryland.

6:00 pm — Social Meet & Greet

7:00 pm — Dinner

Annual Dinner information will be sent to the membership.

You can join — or renew your membership — and pay your dues at the dinner.

Frederick County Sheep Breeders Annual Dinner — Friday, November 3, 2017 @ Dutch's Daughter Restaurant, Frederick, MD
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Dutch’s Daughter.   The 2017 FCSB Annual Dinner will again be held at Dutch’s Daughter, in Frederick — Friday evening, November 3 —  starting with the Social Meet & Greet at 6:00 pm — dinner at 7:00 pm.

Dinner Announcements:  Patty Sanville, the FCSB Secretary, sends EVITE annual dinner announcement to all Members.   Please RSVP that you will be attending the dinner, — or RSVP your regrets that you will not be attending the annual dinner — and that you will mail your 2018 dues — $25.00 per family.   An accurate dinner count is required by Nov. 1st.

Dinner Payment.   Adults: $25.00.  Children: $18.75.   You can pay for your dinner and your 2018 FCSB membership dues at the door.

If you are not attending the dinner:   (1)  As a courtesy, please reply with your Regrets.   (2) Please mail your 2018 membership dues to Dawn Richardson, FCSB Treasurer.   Dues are the same, $25.00 per year/per family — and includes your farm listing in the 2017-2018 Directory — and your farm listing on the FCSB website.

Cash Bar & Appetizers.   There will again be a cash bar and appetizers.

Pianist.   A pianist will play during the evening — allowing more time to socialize and meet fellow shepherd’s who you likely see only once a year.

6:00 pm:   Social Meet & Greet.

7:00 pm:   Buffet Dinner — Carved Top Round, Atlantic Salmon, Dutch’s Special Chicken, Twice Baked Potato, Vegetables, and two types of pie — chocolate mouse and key lime pie.

Master of Ceremony:   Dahl Drenning (Lock’s View Farm) is the MC.

Remarks by special guests.

9th. Annual 2017 Shepherd of the Year:   Presentation by Debra Drake, FCSB Vice President and her committee.  Past recipients are listed in the  Annual Dinner Program, in the 2017-2018 FCSB Directory, and on the FCSB website.

Entertainment.   Pianist playing background music during the evening.

Those all important Door Prizes:   Contact Charlotte Dutton (Blue Rock Farm), 301-898-0902, with your door prize contributions.  Email Charlotte at:   duttoncharlotte@gmail.com

Check out the Dutch’s Daughter website.  Photo is the large banquet room we use.   There is an elevator to the 2nd. floor dining room.

Website:  Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant



Dutch's Daughter, large banquet room


Thanksgiving Dinner — Give a Turkey a Break — Eat Lamb — Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 @ Thanksgiving Dinner at your house
Nov 23 @ 12:00 am – 11:30 pm

Turkey with Eat Lamb sign 350 x 525This Thanksgiving — give a turkey a break — eat lamb.  You get more drumsticks.

The turkey artwork was developed by Holly Porter, Marketing Department, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit.

Thanks Holly!

Some Frederick County Sheep Breeders raise farm-fresh, locally raised, heritage breed Thanksgiving turkeys.

Go to the  “Search” box.   Type in turkeys or heritage breed turkeys — click “Go” and those farms that raise turkeys will be listed.

Also — you can contact Hemp’s Meats, Jefferson, MD  21755.   Phone: 301-473-5700.

Hemp’s will get you any kind and size of turkey you want.  Order well in advance.   Hemp’s is very busy in the Fall.

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