Sheep Shearing Festival

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sheep Shearing Festival
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Included with admission

The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum presents the annual Sheep Shearing Festival. Visitors will be able to learn all about wool by participating in various activities and demonstrations. Visitors of all ages can attend sheep shearing, sheep herding and sheepdog agility demonstrations, as well as meeting an alpaca. They can also learn about carding and knitting, all important steps in the transformation of a raw fleece into wool. They can also see a craftsman doing traditional finger-weaving or spin the quiz wheel and test their knowledge about fibers from various sources. Visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations that feature goat cheese as well as watch a classic movie. Keep an eye out for Little Bo Peep, who still needs help finding her sheep! 

Note: The Festival is held on Saturday and Sunday but not the Monday of the long weekend. Regular May demonstrations will be in effect on Monday.


Sheep Shearing Demonstration 
(10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m.)

With summer fast approaching, the moment has arrived for us to shear our sheep. Visitors can attend a sheep shearing demonstration, where they will see a professional sheep shearer at work as one of our dynamic guides explains the entire process.

Sheepdog Agility Demonstration
(10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.) Weather permitting! 

Visitors will be enthralled by this demonstration performed by members of the “Ottawa Valley Border Collie Club”, who will captivate your attention with their Border Collies, who race through   a course filled with obstacles of all sorts. 

Sheep Herding Demonstration (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

At this demonstration, visitors will see a shepherd and his specially trained dogs in action, as they work as a team to herd a flock of sheep. 

Goat Cheese and Herb Biscuits (ongoing)

Did you know that goat's milk is the most consumed milk in the world? Try a sample of our delicious goat cheese and herb biscuits.  

Download the recipe in PDF format >>

Family Movie Presentation
(English showing at 10:00 a.m. and French showing at 1:00 p.m.) 

Join us for a classic movie presentation of the beloved film Babe.  There will be popcorn for purchase and all proceeds go to the museum’s Youth Fund.  

Shawville 4-H Club Demonstration (9:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.)

Watch as the Shawville 4-H Club demonstrates how they train their 4-H farm animals and how they get them ready for showing and how they are evaluated.  Meet and greet the animals and their trainers in between the demonstrations.  This is a fun educational activity not to be missed!  

Felt Making (ongoing activity)

With the help of a guide, visitors can make felt from a piece of sheep’s wool while discovering the history and science of the world’s oldest fabric.

Wool Carding (ongoing activity)

At this station, visitors can learn about carding, an important step in the transformation of wool. They can even try their hand at this activity with a pair of carders!

Meet a Lamb and its Family (ongoing activity)

Meet the sheep family and see who guards the sheep!

Meet Yanni the Alpaca (ongoing activity)

Visitors will meet an alpaca and learn all about this fascinating animal. They will learn about their life cycle, the reason we raise them on farms, as well as the particularities of their fleece.

Children’s Craft (ongoing activity)

Come join the fun with a themed sheep craft to take home.

“Animal or Plant?” Quiz (ongoing activity)

At this station, visitors will spin the wheel and test their knowledge about fibres from various sources. Will they know if the fibre comes from an animal or a plant?

Finger Weaving (ongoing activity)

Visitors will be able to see a craftsman doing some finger-weaving – a traditional craft that is used to make all sorts of products, including the famous arrow sash!

Afternoon Milking (4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

The milking of the museum’s dairy cows takes place twice daily.  Over the course of this demonstration, visitors will be impressed by the technologies used in modern dairying as they see the herdspeople milk the entire herd. A museum guide will be on site to explain the process and to answer questions. 


Local Fiber artists (ongoing activity)

  • Local Fiber Artist Peg Learn
  • Willow Lane Alpacas

Food Services ($)

The Hot Potato Company will be on site to offer food services.