The annual sheep shearing event at Kelsey Creek Farm Park resumes this year, tapping into an ancient tradition that originated in Central Asia. Professional shearers taking to the park stage on April 30 may have electric shears, but the results won’t differ from those in Uzbekistan in 3,500 BC. AD or a typical Bellevue farmhouse in 1925.
The 2022 Bellevue Sheep Shearing Celebration, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 30, will take place at Kelsey Creek Park, 410 130th Pl. SE, rain or shine. Activities will include spinning demonstrations, children’s crafts, tractor-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, heritage displays and food.
From wool to fleece to sweater, sheep shearers will explain the shearing process and share shearing stories.
The event originated in the early 1990s, when ever-growing crowds gathered each spring at Kelsey Creek Park to watch sheep being shorn of their winter coats, a traditional farming practice. Each sheep produces six to 10 pounds of wool each year.
Free entry. Food is also available for purchase. No ATM is available on site. Free parking and shuttle service is available to and from the Wilburton Park and Ride, 720 114th Ave. SE.