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Photo of four children performing in lamb costumes
Lamb Day Parade participants, 1984

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Lamb Day
A Local Legacy

Can you guess why the kids in the photo are dressed as lambs?

They are participating in the Lamb Day parade in Fountain Green, Utah. Sheep herding has historically been a popular way to earn a living in Fountain Green. The town's people celebrate the local sheep-herding community every year with a Lamb Day festival, which first started in 1932. Sheep played a big part in the economy of Fountain Green from the 1880s to the 1920s with the town playing a leading role in lamb production worldwide.

Lamb Day features a lamb show and auction, a parade, a talent show, a dance, games, and contests, including a one-mile race called the "Lamb Scram" and a three-mile race called the "Wool Street Journey." The festival highlight is the meal of lamb roasted for 12 hours in special sandstone-lined pits first used 100 years ago.

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