OTTAWA, May 18, 2016 — Imagine how heavy it would be to carry six months’ worth of wool on your back… or how warm you would be! Join us for the Sheep Shearing Festival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum to find out more.
The sheep at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum will get their fresh summer haircuts during this weekend’s Festival which runs from Saturday, May 21 to Sunday, May 22.
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 demonstrate advanced techniques such as wool-weaving — either with a loom or by hand — a traditional arrow sash, as well as the art of leather. The spectacular handiwork of a professional sheep-shearer in action, as well as the sheepdog agility and sheep herding demonstrations are the highlights of the weekend!
For the full schedule of exciting activities, visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum’s website.
“Spring is a special time at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, when lambs are born and sheep are shorn. During the May long weekend the Museum offers to visitors the amazing world of wool!”
Alex Benay – President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
About the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada’s unique agricultural heritage and future are celebrated at the Museum. Explore the sights and sounds of farm life through the animal barns, exhibitions, treasures from the collection, hands-on activities, and food demonstrations. The Museum is located on the Central Experimental Farm, a 425-hectare crop research station and National Historic Site, just minutes from Parliament Hill by car, and steps from the Rideau Canal, Ornamental Gardens, and Dominion Arboretum.