Bellevue's annual sheep shearing celebration, which includes pony rides and children's crafts, will be at Kelsey Creek Park on Saturday. Professional shearers will be on stage, rain or shine, to demonstrate their trade.
The event will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the park, 410 130th Pl. SE. Activities will include spinning demonstrations, children's crafts, tractor-pulled wagon rides, pony rides, dog herding demonstrations, heritage displays, food and more.
Veteran shearer Doug Davies will co-host the event along with Kelsey Creek Farm staff member Tamar White. Davies will explain the shearing process and share shearing stories. White will describe the processes of taking the wool from fleece to sweater, and will field questions from the audience. Two other shearers will be on hand to trim wool from the sheep: Amy Wolfe, a noted shearer and well-known judge in the 4-H and sheep community; and Al Schweider, a talented local shearer.
The event originated in the early 1990s, when ever-increasing crowds gathered at Kelsey Creek Park each spring to watch the sheep being shorn of their winter coats, a traditional farm practice. Each sheep produces from six to 10 pounds of wool each year.
The event is sponsored by Bellevue Parks & Community Services with support from ParentMap, N.W. Vintage Iron Tractor Club, NWRSA Hand Spinners & Fiber Crafts Demonstrators, Brian Ricards Sheep Dog Herding Trials, Kelsey Creek Critters 4-H Group, King County Master Recyclers, Whirlwind Services and the Eastside Heritage Center.
Admission is free, but the costs vary for some activities ($1-$3). Food is also available for purchase. No cash machine is available on-site. Free parking and shuttle service is available to and from the Wilburton park and ride, 720 114th Ave. SE.
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