The skillathon is open to individual and teams (3-4) of youth, ages 8-18, from any state. Youth compete according to the 4-H age (as of January 1): Junior, 8-10; Intermediate, 11-13; and Senior, 14-18. The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association provides premium and ribbons to the top 10 individuals in each age category and festival t-shirts to the members of the top 3 teams in each age division. Additional awards may be provided by the University of Maryland Small Ruminant Extension Program.
Animal science skillathons test youth's knowledge of breeds, equipment, meat, feed, wool, hay, and other aspects of animal husbandry. In the sheep and goat skillathon, all stations will pertain to sheep and goats: meat, fiber, and dairy.
Pre-registration, especially of teams, is requested by May 1. Send names and ages to Susan Schoenian at email@example.com or (301) 432-4089 (fax). Volunteers are also needed to help with the contest. Let Susan know if you'd be willing to help out.