DIXON — All things lamb will be celebrated at the 27th Annual Dixon Lambtown Festival, Oct. 5-6 at the Dixon fairgrounds, 655 S. First St.
A variety of lamb foods, from ribs to lumpia, will be available for purchase.
Free cooking demonstrations will showcase expert chefs. A barbecue lamb cookoff, with expert and amateur chefs, is slated. The grills will be lit about 10 a.m. Oct. 5 with judging between 2 and 4 p.m.
Spinning wheels on display can be found on antique agricultural engines as well as the type that turn wool into yarn. A “Sheep to Shawl” contest is planned with teams turning raw wool into yarn, dyeing it and knitting a shawl in one day.
A Fiber Fair will include judging fleece and processed fiber. Some will be for sale. Wool and mohair will be judged on Saturday. Fine fibers such as cashmere, alpaca and angora will be judged on Sunday.
Classes and demonstrations of wool processing will be held both days.
The family-friendly event will also feature activities for children, including bounces houses, rock climbing, a bungee swing and face painting.
Pony rides will be offered. Members of local 4-H clubs will bring their project animals for children to pet.
Sheep dog trials are planned both days with qualifying rounds Oct. 5 and finals Oct. 6.
Local and regional artists will be exhibiting their works, and offering them for sale both days in Denverton Hall.
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