Sheep Shearing Festival

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A behind the scenes look at sheep-to-carpet magic. (Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program)

Sheep Shearing Festival festival will include a sheep shearing competition, fair with produce of local manufacturers, homemade food and drinks from participant rural communities, games, live music and dances, and other entertainment. According to the established tradition, best sheep shearers from 11 rural
communities will participate in the competition.

The main purpose of the event is to promote local products, traditions and culture of Vayots Dzor,
Syunik, Shirak, Lori, Gegharkunik regions of Armenia, as well as to develop rural tourism, which
will contribute to the economic development of both regions.

This year, the festival will include a cultural and skills exchange component in the Festival. To this
end, professional shearer from New Zealand is expected to carry out master classes to familiarize
local farmers with shearing traditions of their regions and allow for experience exchange

Local children perform Karate during Sheep Shearing Festival.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Visitors taste the local food in the gastronomic pavilion.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

The jury evaluates the participants of sheep shearing competition judged on the best shearing techniques.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

Sheep wait for their turn to cut off their woolen fleece.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

The sheep shearers demonstrate the techniques of shearing.

Photo by Hrant Sahakyan, My Armenia Program

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