Contact Info for accommodations for the BFL National Show

The BFL National Show is fast approaching! Since the hotels near the fairgrounds do not block rooms for groups, rooms are first come, first served. So if you have not already made reservations, be sure to do that soon! Here is an info sheet that gives dates, websites for the BSG and show venue, and contact info for the 2 hotels on site, as well as an RV park at the fairgrounds.
2018 National Show info sheet

Class winners at the 2016 National Show in Maryland

These photos are supplied by BLU board member Karen Szewc. For more photos of the individual classes and exhibitors, visit our Facebook Page.

White champion and reserve champion yearling and ram lambs

White champion and reserve champion yearling and ewe lambs

Natural colored champion and reserve champion yearling and ram lambs

Natural colored champion and reserve champion yearling and ewe lambs

2016 National BFL Sheep Show results

2016 National BFL Sheep Show Champions

Blue Faced Leicester – White
Ram – Brenda Lelli – Yearling
Ewe – Ellora Chapin – Yearling
Best Fleece – Ellora Chapin – Yearling Ewe
Premier Exhibitor – Ellora Chapin

Blue Faced Leicester – Black
Ram – Margaret VanCamp – Jr. Ram Lamb
Ewe – Margaret VanCamp – Yearling Ewe
Best Fleece – Margaret VanCamp – Yearling Ewe
Premier Exhibitor – Margaret VanCamp

A complete list of the show placings is attached.
2016 BFL National Show Standings

The official results of the fleece and skein competitions will be posted when received. Photos of the show will be posted when they become available.

Using Bluefaced Leicester Fiber: Demonstration at National Show

BFL Blending
As part of the National Bluefaced Leicester Show at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, the Bluefaced Leicester Union will be giving a free demonstration on carding and combing Bluefaced Leicester wool. They will demonstrate the best way to work with beautiful, purly BFL locks and how best to manage the small lock structure through the carding and combing process. Hand cards, combs, and a hackle will be used to show you how to transform your BFL fleece into a preparation ready for spinning or felting. Then you’re welcome to try it yourself. Extra cards and combs will be available. They will also have Bluefaced Leicester fleece for you to try out.

Hello from President Margaret VanCamp

Many of us have a day or two of free time coming up for Easter or Spring Break. Please use some of this time to do three things:
1. Enter your BFLs in the 2016 National Show at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 7-8. You can enter them online in a fairly straight-forward process at You have to do this by April 1st, so don’t delay!!!
2. Get a room booked at the host hotel, Columbia Courtyard, an easy 15 min from the Fairgrounds. We got a great rate of $89 per night, (reg price $120) so don’t put off making your reservation if you want to get one of the seven rooms remaining in our block. These room will be released on April 15.
3. Register your 2016 lambs. If they are not registered before you enter the show, don’t worry—they just need to be registered by the date of the show.

A little known fact: you can enter more than two sheep in a class, and even show more than two in the class…you just have to accept the fact that you will not get a premium for that placing (if it places in the money.) However, as a show entry it can be in your pens and someone might want to buy it. If you don’t want to show more than two, you just scratch it when you check in. There are always lots of buyers at MSWF.

We have a great local restaurant picked out for the BFL dinner – Contact me at if you want to join us. We want to see you whether you bring sheep or not, so please plan on it!

Updated information on the BFL National Show

The 6th Bluefaced Leceister National Show will be held during the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 7 & 8, 2016. The sheep show will be on Saturday, May 7th. There will be separate classes for white and natural colored, with special awards given. A list of these classes can be found under the About tab, National Show information above.

There will be special awards for the Champion BFL Fleece and Champion BFL Skein

Plans for special fiber demonstrations are also being made.

The banquet will be at the Timbuktu Restaurant, 1726 Dorsey Rd, Hanover, MD. They have a great menu, and I’m told “anything crab” is excellent!

The show committee has reserved 10 rooms with the Courtyard Columbia Hotel for the use of members attending the show events. These rooms are $89 and will be held until April 15th, so please get your reservations in asap. PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO BE SURE TO GET THE REDUCED RATE!

Please have the guests in your group directly call Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 or (410) 290-0002 on or before Friday, April 15, 2016, (the “Cut Off Date”) to make their sleeping room reservations. Please advise guests to identify themselves as part of the BFLS Show Room Block May2016 group staying at the Courtyard Columbia, located at 8910 Stanford Boulevard, Columbia, MD 21045-5805.