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England to host wool fair

A wool fair will be held in Shipston, England, May 28 to 30, 2016. It will feature all things wool related - including live sheep and shearing demonstrations. Up to 20 rare breeds of sheep will be exhibited.

A arts and craft market will offer a mix of talented local artists and craftspeople selling their handmade creations from soaps to ceramics, and paintings to wood craft, textiles and up-cycled furniture.

Shipston is a market town with roots in the sheep and wool industries. In times gone by a sheep and wool fair was held here every year, but the tradition died out early last century until 2009, when it was revived. Since then the wool fair has been held every year.

its purpose is to put people in touch with their heritage in a fun and quirky way, fostering inter-generational contact and local enterprise. The highlight of the fair is the real life exhibition of sheep including many rare breeds and celebrity sheep. Brought to the fair with long coats, they will leave after being shorn in front of the audience. Traditional shearing methods will be demonstrated alongside more modern electrical cutters.

Weavers, spinners and dyers will demonstrate the many applications of wool.