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Skipton preparing for a baa-rilliant day
2:20pm Friday 29th June 2012 in News
Another fun filled family event takes place in Skipton on Sunday with the annual Sheep Show.
Hot on the heels of the Olympic Torch relay, jubilee celebrations and the Waterway Festival, Sheep Show is back and for the second year running, with real sheep.
The event, at last getting back to normal after live animal restrictions, promises to be a great family day out and a celebration of all things Dales.
Central to the event, which will take place on the closed High Street, will be a hilarious show about sheep and the history of the wool trade.
Included in the show will be sheep shearing demonstrations and even a sheep disco.
Fans of The Dales programme will recognise the Mellin family, who will be back at the event with their sheep dog demonstrations using ducks and geese.
Young farmers will be staging sheep and lamb racing and there will also be a display of modern and vintage tractors.
There will also be demonstrations of traditional skills and stalls including spinning, dry stone walling, blacksmith and bodger.
Live music will be performed by Yorkshire band FOG and Rakish Paddy.
Town centre manager, Brett Butler, said Sheep Day was one of the main events in the town’s calendar.
“We always try to keep it fresh by balancing the regular, popular features with new ideas,” he said.
Live sheep will be back for the second year, after restrictions kept them away, and there will be plenty of entertainment and also the farmers market.
“Its a real family day out and a celebration of the heritage of Skipton and the Dales,” he said.
Sheep Day comes just a week after the festival of sport and culture and the passage through the town of the Olympic Torch Relay.
Chief officer of Skipton Town Council, Dave Parker, said Sheep Day would round off a whole series of events, also including jubilee celebrations and the Waterway Festival.
“I’d like to thank the town centre management staff for the huge amount of work they’ve put in on all the events, and also the Business Improvement District (BID) for their support.
“These events are essential to the vitality of the town, and without the financial support from the BID, many would simply not happen.”
Sheep Day kicks off at 10am until around 4pm. High Street will be closed to traffic from early on Sunday morning.
In order to keep the road clear, there will be no parking on High Street on Saturday night, any vehicles left could be blocked in until after the event.
To find out more about Sheep Day go to sheepday.co.uk.