Animals beat the heat at Common Ground Fair

7:32 PM, Sep 25, 2011   |    comments
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UNITY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you thought your afternoon was hot, imagine what it felt like to run around in a wool coat.

The sheep in the Border Collie Demonstration at the Common Ground Fair in Unity got a break this afternoon.

Their trainer kept running to a minimum and let the sheep rest under tents in the 80 degree heat.

"I'm in the business of raising animals for meat and I have no interest in being hard on the animals," said farmer David Kennard.

If it were a cooler afternoon with more seasonal temperatures, the audience would have seen more action.

But they didn't seem to mind the slower pace.

"Being near the animals and home made stuff is better than rides and stuff," said 12-year-old Corinne Parker.

She was one of the kids in the audience selected to give shepharding a try.

"I think you just have to imagine that you're a dog," she said. "You can actually do it, but it's a lot harder than it looks."


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