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Published on Apr 23, 2010
10 April 2010 - The Great New Zealand Muster takes place every April in Te Kuiti, the self-proclaimed Shearing Capital of the World. It's held on the last day of the New Zealand Shearing Championships, one of two major shearing events in the country. The Muster is a daytime festival whose keystone event is the running of the sheep down the main street of town. We attended the Muster, although we didn't compete in the "Count the Sheep" competition. (There were 1079.)
Features the Free Lunch Swamp Stompers demonstrating a new form of gumboot dancing, panpipe music by guys in Plains Indian regalia (huh?), Te Kuiti bagpipers in "NZ national costume" (black singlets and gumboots ;-), human-powered sheep shearing, and the Running of the Sheep!
Shot with my tiny digital still camera in a crowd of people, so apologies for any shaky footage.