See Ewe At the Annual Sheep Shearing Day

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Sheep Shearing Demo

Photo courtesy of Museum of Appalachia

Super soft sweaters, fluffy pillows and spun yarn all come from sheep’s wool. In the pioneer days, farmers sheared their sheep each spring to gather the versatile material.

Show Me the Sheep

Want more sheep? Check out a cool sheep shearing video here, and then learn more about Tennessee’s sheep industry here.

At the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, experience a traditional shearing at the annual Sheep Shearing Days, slated for April 13, 20, and 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can watch as Kentucky native and professional shearer John Cooper shears the sheep and explains the process of how wool is used to make yarn, thread, fabric and more. Children will also be able to try their hand at using the vintage hand-cranked shears.

For more information on the 2018 event, visit

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