This Year's Festival is Dedicated to
Three Generations of the Mullen Family
Sam and Barbara Mullen joined the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Committee in 1986. In the early days, they were regular fixtures around the sheep show ring, where Sam served as ring manager and Barbara as show recorder. In 1992, Sam took over the Festival’s Breed Display barn, where he recruited new breeders and expanded the presence of specialty breeds. Sam teamed up with Susan Schoenian to present the Parade of Breeds, a well attended Festival event. Sam passed away in 2008, but his support of the Festival lives on in his family members.
Always willing to fill in where needed, wife Barbara lent a helping hand on various committees, such as bulk mailing, food, fashion show, publicity and public relations. Barbara chaired the Sheep Photo contest from 1989-1991. In 1990, she began chairing the Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen contest, a position she continues to hold today. When the chair of the Lamb Carcass Contest left earlier this year, Barbara stepped up to fill that vacancy as well.
Prior to winning the title of Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen in 1989, daughter Karren served as 4-H coordinator from 1986-1987. She chaired the 4-H Poster Contest from 1988-1993, and since 1992 has served as co-chair of the Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen contest with her mother, Barbara.
Not to be outdone, daughter Sharron has chaired the Maryland Grand Lamb Cook-off from 1991 to the present (with a year off here and there), and has spearheaded Lamb Promotion & Education at the Festival since 2010.
With daughters, come son-in-laws. Don Pilson served on the Sheep Show Committee from 1991-1994, and has assisted wife Sharron with the Cook-off from 1992 to the present. Alex Sowell began helping Sam in the Breed Display Barn in 1998. He took over that responsibility after Sam’s death, and is now assisted by wife Karren and their son Konnor. Konnor officially joined the Festival Committee on paper in 2008, but has actually been a member since birth (or before).
The most recent member of the extended Mullen family to join the Committee is Sharron and Don’s daughter, Kirra. Kirra, who was Maryland Lamb & Wool Queen in 1997, is joining us as chair of the Lead Line Competition.
So hat’s off of to you, the Mullen family. Your take-charge and can-do attitude are deeply appreciated, Without you, we would have serious gaps in the Festival. In appreciation of your dedication and continuing contributions, this catalog is dedicated to you.