Left 'Til The Festival
September 6-8, 2024

Lead-Line & Costume Class

Saturday - 6:00 pm - Sale Arena


  • Competition: Judging is based on fashion and fit of purchased or handmade wool outfits, while leading a market lamb or ewe.
  • Objective: Present fitted sheep on a halter while wearing a wool garment, giving spectators the opportunity to view a style show that promotes the wool industry. This event showcases the beauty and versatility of wool clothing and gives entrants the opportunity to showcase their involvement in the sheep industry.


  • Competition: Judging is based on attractiveness, originality and theme/idea presented by the entrant(s) – which may be one or many per entry. Costume class is not Youth Sweepstakes eligible.
  • Objective: Promote lamb and wool in a fun, creative way. This class is meant to be light-hearted and fun.


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  • Lead Line:   $10 per entrant
  • Costume Contest:   $10 per entrant or group
  • Late Entries (either class):   No online late entries are allowed. Late entries will be accepted at the Festival until 9 am the day of the event with a $25 late fee payable by check or cash at the information desk.


  • Location: Sale Arena (Open and Junior Sheep Show Arena)
  • Schedule* We will begin with the Costume Class, and follow with Lead Line
  • Saturday at 5:30pm: Check-in at the Sale Arena
  • Saturday at 6:00pm: Costume Class, followed by the Lead Line class. All classes will start with youngest age groups first.
*Start time may be delayed if the sheep show runs late.


  1. Entrants must wear a garment made of wool; garments may be purchased or constructed by or for the entrant and should be age appropriate, represent current fashion trends and lend elegance to the class. The garment should be made of at least 70% wool. Does not apply to Sheep Costume Class. Please see above.
  2. Sheep must be a market lamb or ewe of any age (no rams), conditioned, fitted and trained to show at halter. Rules for exhibiting sheep at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival will apply to these animals. Lead Line sheep do not have to be owned by the contestant.
  3. Entrants must submit a one-page commentary of 200 words or less to be read during the class, including the following: breed of sheep being led, sponsor of the animal (if any), brief biography, awards received, hobbies, sheep interests, schooling, and description of garment.
  4. Please write the commentary in the third-person and as it will be read by the announcer (e.g. “Sue is leading a Hampshire yearling ewe named.” Not “I am leading…”).
  5. Commentary must be typed (or neatly printed) and turned in at the festival by 12:00 pm at the Registration Desk on the day of the event. Failure to submit commentary will void the entry and entry fee. There will be no exception to this rule.
  6. Entry fees are non-refundable.


Entrant’s age on January 1 of the current year will be used to determine his/her class age.

Lead Line

  • Class 4 – Age 9 and under
  • Class 5 – Ages 10-12
  • Class 6 – Ages 13-16
  • Class 7 – Ages 17-21
  • Class 8 – Over 21

Costume Class

  • Class 1 – Beginner Costume Class (age 10 and under)
  • Class 2 – Intermediate Costume Class (age 11- 15)
  • Class 3 – Senior Costume Class (16 and above)


  • Lead line: Garment Construction; visibility of wool; style and/or fashion accessories worn by entrant or sheep
  • Costume: Creativity and quality of the costume(s) and emphasis on the sheep and wool industry
  • All classes:
    • Additional consideration is given to entrants who have made their own outfits/sheep accessories
    • Entrant’s poise, appearance and interaction with the judges
    • Control, presentation and cleanliness/appearance of animal; consideration given to those sheep who’ve had a long day and are bit moody by nightfall!


Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded for 1st through 4th places*

  • 1st Place - $25
  • 2nd Place - $20
  • 3rd Place - $15
  • 4th Place and down - $10
*Costume Class teams will split cash prize awards.

Questions or problems?

Contact 608 743-9080 evenings after 5:00 or email [email protected]

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