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Lamb Day Parade Participants, 1984
Lamb Day Parade participants, 1984 Photo: Richard Menzies

Lamb Day

This annual celebration, originally devised in 1932 to promote the product of local sheepmen, involves the entire rural sheep-herding community of Fountain Green. It features a lamb show and auction, parade, talent show, dance, games, and contests, including softball, a one-mile footrace (the "Lamb Scram") and a three-mile race (the "Wool Street Journey"). The festival highlight is the meal of lamb roasted for 12 hours in special sandstone-lined pits used 100 years ago. The project is documented by a report on the history of Fountain Green and Lamb Day and 25 photographs.

Originally submitted by: Robert F. Bennett, Senator.

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