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Masham sheep fair celebrates heritage
2:58pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
VISITORS flocked to a dales town as it celebrated its annual sheep fair.
Good weather helped bring large crowds of tourists and farmers to Masham for its two-day festival.
The town is famous for its sheep sales, where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year. The historic fair was resurrected by Susan Cunliffe-Lister in 1986.
Classes for about 20 different breeds of sheep ran on Saturday (September 28) and Sunday (September 29).
There were also exhibits and awards for wool crafts in weaving, felt-making, dyeing and knitting.
In addition to the sheep fair and flower festival, there was a funfair, craft market, sheep dog demonstrations, morris dancers and tours of the Theakston’s and Black Sheep Brewery, who both sponsored the event.
Masham Tourist Information Centre put together an exhibition entitled, 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.
This year's show has raised money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
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