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Hundreds attend Huntington sheep festival

A llama is let out of his cage

A llama is let out of his cage at the Sheep to Shawl Festival in Huntington. (May 1, 2011) Photo Credit: Erin Geismar

Baa, baa black sheep. The Huntington Historical Society has plenty of wool.

The 27th annual Sheep to Shawl Festival was celebrated today by over 300 people on the sunny grounds of the Dr. Daniel W. Kissam House Museum in Huntington.

The town's historical society sponsored a day full of crafts, music and the historical process of shearing sheep for their warm coats.

Dozens of onlookers watched as Tabbethia Haubold of the Long Island Livestock Company wrestled a squirmy sheep and started buzzing away with an electric trimmer. The sheep was freshly shorn and ready for summer about 10 minutes later.

Joe Dujmic of Huntington brought his 6-year-old son, Daniel, to the festival and hoped it would make him "want to pick up a book instead of playing Wii."

Check back later for more on the Sheep to Shawl Festival.


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