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Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial return to Masterson Station Park

Lexington Parks & Recreation will host the annual Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival May 18-19 at Masterson Station Park.

The festival, now in its 11th year, showcases some the nation’s best fiber artists and feature live demonstrations, workshops, vendors and other family-friendly activities.

The festival features more than 100 vendors with finished goods as well as supplies for knitting, weaving, dyeing, spinning and crocheting. Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy live demonstrations of sheep shearing and crafting throughout the weekend. There will be sheep, llamas, alpacas and rabbits available for petting and photos.

Workshops (registration now open)

Each year, the festival offers an array of workshops for beginning, intermediate and advanced crafters. The workshops start a day before the official festival begins, running from May 17–19.

Some of the many workshops include learning to crochet, intro to tapestry weaving, woven earring making, how to brand your art, designing knits and more. For a complete list of workshops, pricing, registration and other details visit kentuckysheepandfiber.com/workshops.

For more information about the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival, visit the official website at kentuckysheepandfiber.com and on Facebook.

Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial

The Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival coincides with another premier event at Masterson Station Park this week – the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial.

From dawn to dusk May 15–19, patrons can watch some of the nations’ top handlers participate in one of the longest-running and most prestigious dog trials in the country. More than 600 dog and handler teams from around the United States and other countries are expected to participate.

This type of herding competition was made famous by the movie “Babe,” and has drawn thousands of dog handlers and spectators to the region over the past 57 years.

Spectators can bring their own dogs (on leashes) and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The event will feature several raffles and concessions will be available for purchase. Photography is allowed.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit bluegrassclassic.wordpress.com and and on Facebook.

From Lexington Parks & Recreation

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