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Sheep Shearing Day

Festival Event

ADA Accessibility Notes

Handicapped parking, restrooms

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages

On April 3rd and 17th, school groups, home-schooled students, and individual families are all invited to participate in the day’s hands-on activities; student and group rates are available. Free for Museum members.

School groups and homeschool groups, call 865-494-7680 to save your spot! Families and Individuals need not make reservations.

In keeping with the traditions of Southern Appalachia, the Museum welcomes the warmth of spring with a renewal of the annual ritual of “Sheep Shearing”, a day of hands-on activities surrounding the trimming of a winter’s growth of heavy fleece from its flock of free-range sheep.

The Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate, will host this annual practice in the middle of its rolling fields, surrounded by its historical village from 9am-3pm. The woolly animals will be trimmed by an experienced shearer who takes time to explain the process to onlookers, demonstrating with vintage, hand-cranked and hand-held shears, powered by enthusiastic student participants.

Spinning, quilting, weaving and Appalachian music will be included in the day.

For more info or to book a group, e-mail Courtney Beard at or call at 865-494-7680.

How to Get There

We are located at 2819 Andersonville Highway Clinton, TN 37716. 16 miles north on Knoxville, Tennessee, at Interstate 75, exit 122, then one mile east.


Admission Charged. Call 865-494-7680