On Saturday we attended the “Sheep to Shawl” Festival hosted by the Ladies Homestead Gathering of Statham, Georgia. It was a ton of fun! When we got there we headed to the kids area where we got to make bubble wands out of pipe cleaners and rings out of wire and beads. They also had some fun games set up, like rope the rocking horse, some baby animals in pens that the kids could feed and a photo booth with a VERY fluffy bunny.
They also had several people demonstrating different skills such as blacksmithing, pottery making, and wool spinning. The highlight of the day was the live sheep shearing demonstration. We learned a ton about sheep from the presenter as we watched the sheep getting sheared. For example I didn’t know that sheep were born with long tails that had to be docked for cleanliness reasons. We also learned a lot about different kinds of wool and what they were used for. It was a very interesting and educational experience.
When the sheep shearing was done we went to check out the vendor booths. There were several people selling some great homemade items such as herb tinctures, teas from home grown herbs, pottery, wind chimes, and much more. We had some delicious granola and Cameron got some herbal tea to help clear out some congestion he’s had. Overall it was an awesome day and I can’t wait till they do it again next year.