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May 12, 2015

Come enjoy the Sheep shearing festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

OTTAWA, May 12, 2015 – If you think it’s getting too warm for heavy wool sweaters, imagine how you would feel if you were a sheep with a year’s worth of wool on your back…

Luckily for our woolly friends, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum’s (CAFM) yearly Sheep-shearing Festival is upon us, and will take place over two days this year on May 16-17, at the end of which the Museum’s sheep will benefit from a fresh summer haircut.

Popular activities will be offered, such as wool carding and spinning, as well as felt-making. You will also have the opportunity to make your own skipping rope. Those who may already master those skills, however, will be interested in watching experts demonstrating advanced techniques such as wool-weaving – either with a loom, or hand-weaving a traditional arrow sash – and even the art of leather as well. Of course, watching the spectacular handiwork of a professional sheep-shearer in action, as well as the sheepdogs’ agility and sheepherding demonstrations remain among the highlight of the week-end.

Of course, you may also want to take the occasion to visit some of the other animals that are raised for their wool, such as the alpacas. Or you may want to take a Tally-Ho! Wagon ride. To find out the full schedule of exciting activities, please visit the CAFM’s Web site.



Olivier Bouffard
Media relations

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