Masses of people gathered for the annual sheep-shearing celebration at Kelsey Creek Farm on April 27.
The day consisted of various sheep activities including sheep shearing, sheep herding demonstrations and hands-on activities with wool from the sheep. Other activities included spinning demonstrations, children’s crafts, heritage displays, food and drinks, tractor-pulled wagon rides, meeting Kelsey Creek 4-H critters like rabbits and pony rides.
The sheep shearing is a traditional farm practice, according to the demonstration. Farmers gather wool for a variety of textiles. Each sheep produces 6 to 10 pounds of wool each year. The sheep shearing event originated in the early 1990’s. The annual sheep shearing connects to a 5,500-year-old tradition that originated in Central Asia when people learned to spin wool to make clothing and items such as blankets.
Kirkland resident Claire Cannon and her daughter Riley, 2, attended the annual sheep shearing celebration for the second year. Cannon said they enjoy watching the shearing and their favorite part of the event is the animals.