Shearing event goes at a fair clip

March 7, 2023 BY

Not sheepish: Axedale’s Quick Shear competition has been clicking away since 2014. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE Fosterville Mine-backed Quick Shear shearing competition returns to Axedale this month after a forced COVID and flood-related break.

The open event winner is poised to take home $2500, intermediate first place will pocket $1000 and the “cleanest shear” in the learner’s category will be awarded $300.

Other activities and attractions on the day are set to include a market and art show, old school afternoon tea, as well as a car show, raffle, and silent auction.

“The event itself differs from most other quick shears because it is not handicapped, so a lot of shearers enjoy coming because of the pace of the competition,” said Axedale Events president Shane Carmody.

“On the back of COVID, we’re hoping it will help people feel more connected to each other and their community.”

“We’re particularly focused on including young people, who will be the future leaders of our town, they’re actively involved in organising and running the event as this is an opportunity for them to learn.”

All money raised on the day will be distributed between Axedale Primary School, Axedale Preschool, Axedale Community Hall and several CFA brigades around the area.

“This is the most significant annual fundraiser for the kindergarten and the community hall,” Axedale Preschool’s Nicole Campbell said.

“It takes pressure off the families to find the time and other ways to fundraise throughout the year.”

The Axedale Quick Shear and Family Fun Day takes place on Saturday, 18 March from 2pm at Axedale Hall and Park.