Moncton Highland Games

This herd of highland sheep was scurrying away from the sheepdog, going right where the dog wanted the sheep to go!
This herd of highland sheep was scurrying away from the sheepdog, going right where the dog wanted the sheep to go!

Went to the Highland Games in Moncton to start the Summer with something different and despite the rain and a muddy field we had a good time. If you like bagpipes and bagpipe and drum bands this was the place for you…luckily we had earplugs and they came in pretty handy! We watched the 16 pound hammer throw and some other highland game that looked like the kilted lads were tossing huge oversize olives on toothpicks. We went to the archery demonstration and did your Koh-Lanta challenge, DD was hitting bulls eyes right away but I was missing balloons and getting an arm bruise from my bowstring due to poor technique but it was fun! Next was the sheep shearing demonstration which was very interesting!

We saw a demonstration of the sheep shearing, and it was incredible to see how relaxed the sheep was as she was handled!
We saw a demonstration of the sheep shearing, and it was incredible to see how relaxed the sheep was as she was handled!

The way the sheep shearer handled the sheep and how the sheep was very calm about the whole experience basically rolling around  in the position the farmer was guiding her without even trying to escape. It was amazing to see how much wool comes off one single sheep. The farmer explained how they get about $1.50 per pound for sheep wool which is about the same price as 30 years ago. After the sheep shearing we had a sheepdog demonstration where an amazing dog and master team guided and controlled a group of four sheep. It was amazing to see how smart the dog was and you could see in her eyes the intelligence! After that we visited a couple of the genealogy tents to look for familiar names and family crests…for the day we decided in honor of the Scottish peoples to become Mac DD and MacDAMI for the afternoon!

MacDD was hitting the target right away! She looks like she's right at home with her bow and arrow and could easily survive in The Hunger Games!
MacDD was hitting the target right away! She looks like she’s right at home with her bow and arrow and could easily survive in The Hunger Games!

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