Museum of Appalachia to celebrate Sheep Shearing Day Saturday

Museum of Appalachia featuring several demonstrations
Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2021 at 5:50 PM EDT
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CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) - People across East Tennessee will celebrate the annual Sheep Shearing Day on May 1.

The Museum of the Appalachia will host several demonstrations to allow the public to be a part of Sheep Shearing Day.

“We have spinners and weavers that are gonna show how the wool is made in all kinds of different products like sweaters and carpets,” Marketing Director Will Meyer said.

The event will include more than sheep shearing demonstrations. Individuals who visit the museum Saturday will experience potters, chair caning, soap carving and live music.

Food vendors will be spread out across the area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“You figure out ways to keep the animal more calm and help them to sit still,” said Daniel Tallent, who’ll be shearing sheep on the grounds on Saturday.

Tallent said spring or fall is when people traditionally remove a sheep’s wool.

“If you shear them in the middle of the summer, they might get sunburned. If you shear them in the middle of the winter they’ll be too cold,” Tallent said.

Tallent said shearing time is also a good opportunity to look for signs of poor health in the animals.

Tallent said he typically uses power shears. However, he can also demonstrate how a pair of hand shears work. “We don’t use it anymore just because it’s a little bit slower and a little bit easier to use the electric shears,” Tallent said.

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