The Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon will be held Sunday, May 6 at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The Festival is always held the first full weekend in May. It is held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. Parking is free, but there is a small fee to attend the Festival.

Skillathon registration will begin at 8 a.m. The contest will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Lunch (pizza and sodas) will be provided.

Awards will be presented after lunch. The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association provides ribbons and premiums to the top 10 individuals in each age category and festival t-shirts to the top three teams in each age category.

The Skillathon is open to individuals and teams of youth between the ages of 8 and 18. Youth compete according to their age as of January 1, 2018: junior, 8-10; intermediate, 11-13; and senior, 14-18. Teams consist of 3 or 4 youth from the same county, state, or program.

Skillathon stations typically include sheep and goat breeds, fleece judging, sheep judging, equipment ID, Meat ID, meat judging, and a written test.

Pre-registration is requested by April 30. The pre-registration link is is external). Pre-registration information can also be sent to Susan Schoenian at (301) 432-2767 sends e-mail).

For more information about the Skillathon, visit the Skillathon web page at is external). Links to study aides, including online quizzes are available on the web page.