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September 6-8, 2024


Left 'Til The Festival

Lead Line & Costume Class

A Youth Sweepstakes Activity

Saturday 4:00 pm Building 5 (Sale Arena)(Swine Annex)


  • 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.


Not A Youth Sweepstakes Activity

  • Competition: Judging is based on attractiveness, originality and theme/idea presented by the entrant(s) – which may be one or many per entry.
  • Objective: Promote lamb and wool in a fun, creative way. This class is meant to be light-hearted and fun.

Entry Fees

  • 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 9:00 am the day of the event with a $25 late fee payable by check or cash at Registration.


  • Location: Building 5 (Sale Arena)
  • Schedule:* Costume Class followed by Lead Line
  • Saturday at 3:30pm: Check-in at the Sale Arena
  • Saturday at 4:00pm: (Or 30 minutes following the last class of the Junior Show) Costume Class, followed by the Lead Line class. All classes will start with youngest age groups first.


  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 Costume Class.
  2. Sheep must be a market lamb or ewe of any age (no rams), conditioned, fitted and trained to show at halter. Rules for entering and 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.


– Age as of January 1 current year

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

Lead Line

  • 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.


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 on How to Enter - 608-743-9080 evenings after 5:00
or email [email protected]
Questions on Lead Line-Costume Class – Kristen Nelson, 608-345-9296, [email protected]



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