We spent three hours at the Festival, spoke to many merchants, crafts people, and artisans. We also sampled a bit of country fare, petted lots of animals, and generally had a great time.
The main attraction at the Festival was the sheep shearing demonstration. In the hands of experienced hands, a sheep is shorn in matter of minutes.
While the outside of the sheep had a light brown color, the inside color is very white. We didn't have a chance to ask if the brown was due to dirt or if the color was permanent.
The sheep was surprisingly compliant through out the entire shearing process. Given the size and apparent sharpness of the scissors, this was probably a good thing.
After a few minutes, the sheep was retuned to the pen with the rest...light both in weight and in color. Here you can get a closer look at the coat and the marks from the cuts.
All of that fine wool will be spun into yarn. Some will eventually be crafted into the various garments which will keep us warm in the New England winters. All of this certainly is not high tech, but wonderfully "high touch."