As the weather warms up, people aren’t the only ones feeling the heat. The sheep are too!
The Museum of Appalachia’s Sheep Shearing Days happened Thursday and Friday. The event presented museum-goers with demonstrations of shearing, carding, spinning, weaving and other ways that pioneers turned fleece into woven goods.
The two-day event included the entire process from shearing demonstrations to the different wool products that can be made afterward.
Children emjoyed the fun and got to observe sheep-shearing, as well as feel the sheep’s fuzzy post-shear coat.
Guests enjoyed sheep herding, Appalachian music, an animal meet & greet, storytelling, and several historic demonstrations, including soap carving, beekeeping, sawmilling, blacksmithing, weaving, pioneer gardening, and dulcimer lessons.
The sheep-related festivities were included in admissions along with a tour of the museum mountain farm and village. The 65-acre Museum of Appalachia was founded in 1969 and features over 250,000 artifacts in three buildings.