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The art of sheep shearing

"Shearing sheep is a very special trade. A lot of people think the shepherd shears his own sheep. But very few people shear the own sheep," says Andy Rice, of Halifax, VT.

When it comes to shearing, few have more experience than Rice. He's been shearing sheep for 30 years and for the past 6 year's he's been doing it at the Big E, inside the Mallary Complex.

"I believe it's real important to educate and public and I believe part of educating the public is entertaining them as well," says Rice.

Demonstrating his skill 5 times a day, Andy knows how to work the crowd.

"It's good for the old kids as well as the young kids. It was very good. He did a good job. He was very humorous," says Todd Snyder of Canton, CT.

Besides getting a few laughs in, people say they learned a lot.

"I think it's also nice they explained they're not hurting the sheep so that's nice," says Madison Snyder of Canton, CT.

One of the most interesting parts of the show is when Andy is actually able to take all the wool off in just one big piece.

"The way he did it all in just one felt swoop was pretty awesome, I didn't realize they did it that way," says Todd Snyder.

For Rice, it's all a day's work. The best part for him? Enjoying teaching people and being a part of the Big E.

"You meet a lot of really interesting people and enjoyment and I love that and meeting the people and driving around,"says Rice.

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