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Crowds expected to flock to sheep fair
4:15pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A DEMONSTRATION of how sheep and wool has knitted Dales communities together is one of the highpoints at the Masham Sheep Fair this year.
Up to 20 breeds of sheep will be fighting for the top honours, as farmers from across the North flock to the 28th annual show.
The town has one of the largest and finest market squares in England and is famous for its sheep sales, where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year.
Organiser Susan Cunliffe Lister said:"We recognise that although this event is steeped in tradition, it's important to keep it fresh so we continue to add to it.
"There will be more stalls in the sheep-racing field, we've got a new sheep design and there will be a flower festival in the church on the theme of "a fruitful harvest".
We've got Kingsley Ash of Thornborough Cider juicing apples, bring your apples and a container. We're particularly pleased that on Saturday we'll be welcoming local sheep farmer, Burt Verity who has recently celebrated his 100th birthday.”
Masham Tourist Information Centre has pulled together the exhibition "Woollen Hills", demonstrating how sheep and wool have pulled the communities together, with wool for sale, woven goods and a photographic exhibition documenting the hard life of upland sheep farmers.
Other attractions include a craft market, Bishop Blaize procession, fleece stalls, wool competion, sheep dog demonstrations, hand bell ringers, morris dancers, and tours of the Theakston's and Black Sheep breweries.
The show on September 28 and 29 will be in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
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