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Shepherds gather for 23rd sheep festival at Pittsford Rec Center

Sunday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m.—PITTSFORD—The Rutland Area Shepherds (RAS) will hold the 23rd annual Pittsford Sheep Festival on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Pittsford Recreation Center on Furnace Road in Pittsford. Festival hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.
The festival will feature a variety of sheep and wool products and activities.
A variety of sheep breeds will be on display. Sheep shearing demonstrations will be held at 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sheep dog handling demonstrations will be held at 12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. There will be children’s craft activities at 11:45 a.m. The Leaping of the Lambs, an exclusive RAS activity, will be held at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
A number of vendors will have wool, fiber, and craft products available for sale with some vendors demonstrating their crafts. Food, including lamb products, will be available. Live music will be performed throughout the afternoon.
A silent auction and a raffle will go on throughout the day. Among the gifts being auctioned are a selection of sheep hides and a night at the historic Peabody house in Pittsford. Raffle gifts include a harvest basket, a selection of jams, and sheep nick-knacks.
Rutland Area Shepherds is a non-profit group that represents local shepherds. They support local farms and the local community while providing information on raising sheep and on sheep and wool products.
For more information, contact Don Spruit at 802-342-3176.

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