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Billings Farm & Museum features sheep shearing and herding over Memorial weekend

Saturday & Sunday, May 26-27—WOODSTOCK—Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will feature sheep shearing and herding on Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This event showcases herdsman Jim McRae’s team of border collies herding sheep in the farm fields during narrated programs at 11:30 a.m., 1:30, and 3:30 p.m. each day. The spring shearing of the farm’s Southdown ewes, will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, and 2:30 p.m., along with spinning and carding demonstrations highlighting the skills needed to turn fleece into yarn. Hands-on wool craft activities will be on hand for all ages.

The operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the restored and furnished farmhouse are included in the entrance fee. Admission is $16 for adults; $14 for age 62-plus; $8 for ages 5-15; $4 for ages 3-4; and age 2 and under are free. The Bilings Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Route 12. For more information, call 802-457-2355 or visit

Photo courtesy Billings Farm & Museum staff
A border collie herds the flock in the fields at Billings Farm & Museum. See a demonstration of this during the farm’s sheep shearing and herding event, Saturday and Sunday.

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