Virtual Maryland Sheep & Goat Skillathon

A Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon is normally held at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival the first full weekend of May. The festival was not held in 2020, so the skillathon was not held. This year's festival will again be virtual. So, the Sheep & Goat Skillathon will also be virtual (online). The dates of this year's virtual festival are May 1-2. The skillathon must be completed on these days.

The skillathon is open to any youth between the ages of 8 and 18. Youth will compete according to their age as of January 1, 2021 (4-H age):  junior, 8-10; intermediate, 11-13; and senior, 14-18. Youth under the age of 8 (clovers) and adults (19 and over) may also participate, but no awards given.

Everyone who registers for the skillathon will be assigned a unique number (ID). This number will be needed to access the quizzes. More than one person may register using the same email address; however, instructions for completing the skillathon will be sent to the email that was used to register.


The Sheep & Goat Skillathon tests participants' cumulative knowledge of sheep and goats and the products they produce. This year's skillathon will consist of five sections:  1) Breeds; 2) Feeds; 3) Equipment; 4) Meat; and 5) Fiber. Each section will include multiple quizzes or exercises. Quizzes and exercises within a section may be weighted differently. The skillathon must be the work of the individual.

The festival committee of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association will provide awards for youth competitors:  ribbons, premiums, and t-shirts.

Register online at  The registration deadline is April 20.

2019 Skillathon: Frederick County Youth Win Big


Seventy-five youth from four states competed in the 2019 Junior Sheep & Goat Skillathon held May 5 at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival:  16 juniors (8-10), 34 intermediates (11-13), and 25 seniors (14-18). Youth from Frederick County -- Maryland and Virginia -- dominated the winner’s circle.

Emily Vincent from Frederick County, Virginia was the first place junior. She had a score of 242/300 points or 81% correct answers. The average junior score was 178 points or 59% correct. The first place junior team was Frederick County, Maryland. Team members included Trennen Latham, Preston Clark, Josie Martin, and Ryan Martin.

For the second year in a row, Marie-Claire Des Rosier from Frederick County, Virginia was the first place intermediate. She had a score of 343/400 points or 86% correct answers. The average intermediate score was 232 points or 58% correct. The first place intermediate team was Frederick County, Virginia. Team members included Eddyn Molden, Kennah Kerns, Jackson Kelly, and Marie-Claire Des Rosier.

Addison Herbert was the top-placing senior. He had a score of 426/500 points or 85% correct answers. The average senior score was 333 points or 67% correct. The first place senior team was the Frederick County, Maryland team. Team members included Addison Herbert, Jacyln Bryan, Jessica Martin, and Grace Ellis.

2019 stations included hay judging, meat identification, breed identification, feedstuff identification, equipment, wool judging and questions, predation (intermediates and seniors only), and reproduction (seniors only). Sheep judging had to be canceled because of the rainy weather. Youth achieved the highest scores for equipment (80-90%), while meat ID (37-48%) and hay judging (38-65%) proved to be the most challenging stations, especially for juniors and intermediates.

The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association has been a long-time supporter of the contest. They provide premiums and ribbons to the top 10 individuals in each age group and festival t-shirts to members of the top three teams in each age group.

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