Tuesday, October 18, 2011

NY Sheep and Wool Festival

The annual New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck was held this past weekend. I've been wanting to go to this legendary event ever since we moved to New York seven years ago.

While it doesn't hurt to be an avid knitter or crocheter, this is an event that the whole family can enjoy.

We especially enjoyed seeing the great variety of sheep on display in the multiple barns. You could get up close to pet them to feel the different textures of the wool.




In the event barns you could watch the sheep being judged for appearance and wool quality.



There were sheep shearing demonstrations scheduled throughout the day. Here are the sheep customers waiting for their haircuts. You can see the ones that have already been shorn in with the long haired bunch.


The shearing itself took only about 5 minutes, but before he began, the guy doing the shearing explained that process and how he held the sheep to make it most comfortable and least likely to try to jump up and run away!


Looks uncomfortable, but this sheep was actually just relaxed back in this position, held only by the shearer's knees.




There were also dog frisbee catching demonstrations, a kiddy area with games and rides, and load of food vendors. My favorite was Taste Budds Aztec Hot Chocolate! Yum.

I'm already looking forward to next year.

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