Lost art of sheep shearing comes to North Andover

April 17, 2018 by  

The traditional Sheep Shearing Festival will be coming to North Andover in a few weeks, and those from nearby Andover will surely want to take part in these festivities.

At the festival, there will be demonstrations of shearing sheep by professional shearer Andy Rice. Also demonstrated will be Border collies herding sheep into their pens by running around the fields surrounding town. The Border collies belong to the owner of Wellscroft, David Kennard, who says his Harrisville, New Hampshire working sheep farm is among the largest in New England.

There will also be arts and crafts, entertainment, and a wide variety of food. Crispellis from Gregg Fratto, owner of the North End Deli in Lawrence, will be sold to add to the food offerings of the day.

The event is organized by the Festival Committee, whose co-chairman Jeffrey Coco commented that the Common will have several new crafters this year and will feature the performance of folk and country music by musicians from the Real School.

There will also be spinning and weaving demonstrations, as well as a basket weaver and blacksmith practicing their trades.

Print shops could be hired to create various materials to promote such an event as the 46th annual Sheep Shearing Festival, which will take place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 20.