Masham Sheep Fair pulls in the crowds

NARG 12093024AM Masham Sheep Fair.Lyn Arrowsmith and Angela Dick with their Boreray sheep of which numbers are down to less than 300 nation wide.  (12093024AM)
NARG 12093024AM Masham Sheep Fair.Lyn Arrowsmith and Angela Dick with their Boreray sheep of which numbers are down to less than 300 nation wide. (12093024AM)
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The social event of the year for sheep from across the county and beyond took place in Masham this weekend.

Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year.

The popular Sheep Fair commemorates these times, raising much money for charity, and filling the town with sheepy fun and entertainment.

This year, events included an action packed programme on both Saturday and Sunday, with a sheep show, sheep racing, craft market, bishop blaize procession, fleece stalls, wool competition, sheepdog demonstrations, hand bell ringers, morris dancers, art exhibition and tours of the Theakston’s and Black Sheep breweries, as well as the Old Time Children’s Fair.