Sheep Shearing Festival 2019

Event Organized by Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO

Sheep Shearing Festival 2019
Start Date End Date Location Tickets
08 June 2019 08 June 2019 Khot, Syunik region Free

 "Sheep Shearing festival" takes place in the territory of Syunik Animal Market which is located in Khot village(Syunik region). The festival was organized by “Strategic Development Agency” NGO with the financing from the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC).

The purpose of the sheep shearing festival is to make traditions and culture, local products of the regions of Vayots Dzor and Syunik more recognizable, also to promote the development of tourism in regions of Armenia. The festival embraces sheep shearing competition, national live music, dances, tightrope, sports activities, exhibition-sale where producers of Vayots Dzor and Syunik present their products. During last year’s festival participants had an opportunity to help themselves from the placed stalls tasting Armenian traditional dishes.

Sheep Shearing festival 

The idea of the festival belonged to Timothy Strait who is an honorary consul of the Kingdom of Norway and the founder of “Motherland Development Initiatives” foundation.

Local products of Syunik Region

According to organizers, Syunik is the best place for holding the festival because here sheep farming and animal husbandry are in advanced level. Sheep shearing festival gradually turns into a traditional holiday: it gives a good opportunity for entertaining the community, recalling forgotten traditions and introducing local products to tourists.


  • Guest sheep shearers invited from Great Britain and Georgia will conduct master classes for festival participants and visitors
  • Sheep Shearing Competition among best shearers from the regional communities
  • Exhibition and Fair with produce from local manufacturers, homemade food and drinks from local communities of Syunik and Vayots Dzor  
  • Live music, DJ set, tournaments, contests and interactive games for children

All guests will also have access to the Food Court, cafe playground.


12:00 – Opening Ceremony

12:20 – The Time Project band performance

13:00 – Shearing Contest 1st Round

13:20 – Music Break

13:40 – Master Class by Shearer from Great Britain

14:00 – Set by DJ Mish

14:15 – Public Competition

14:30 – Shearing Contest 2nd Round

14:50 – Music Break

15:10 – Rope Walker Performance

15:20 – The Time Project band performance

15:40 – Shearers from Georgia

16:00 – Shearing Contest 3rd Round

16:20 – Interactive Games, Contests

16:40 – Group Photo Ceremony

17:00 – Final Awarding Ceremony

17:20 – Shurjpar (Armenian Traditional Dance)

Sheep Shearing

Sheep Shearing festival