Miles City sheep shearing contest to be held May 16
A wild and wooly time is staged for May 16th as the third annual Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Sheep Shearing Contest will test the skills of the best shearers from Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and the Dakotas.
The shearing contest is a test of the shearer’s ability to get the wool off the sheep in a short amount of time while doing the highest quality job possible. Spectators at the 2008 contests were treated to a finals performance featuring Canadian Don Metheral and Australian Matthew Richards. These top two shearers sheared 10 head in the finals at less than two minutes per sheep!
New this year spectators at the Friday rodeo will be treated to a real show of skill and speed. Four of the region’s best shearers will participate in a speed shearing exhibition. Spectators may see a sheep sheared in less than one minute! The rodeo starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds in Miles City.
Saturday’s sheep shearing contest will begin with the professional preliminary round beginning at 10 a.m. in the Agri. Sports complex located on the Custer County Fairgrounds. The finals of the Professional division are scheduled to begin promptly at Noon.
There is no cost for spectators at this event and everyone is welcome to come and take in the action. For more information or to enter the contest call Cheryl Schuldt, contest superintendent, at 406-945-0404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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