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Borgarnes Celebrates Annual Sheep Mass

The inhabitants of Borgarnes in west Iceland celebrated their annual sheep mass last weekend, an event which begins with sheep herders chasing their animals through the town’s main street before rounding them up.

The sheep are then kept in a sheep fold within town limits, this year in the local ornamental garden Skallagrímsgardur, where tents and sale booths were erected as well as battle grounds for various sports, Morgunbladid reports.

Participants competed in such usual sports as sheep-dropping collecting, looking for a needle in a haystack and horse shoe throwing, along with traditional Icelandic wrestling.

Free meat soup was offered by the local biking club and local craftsmen sold their produce, including home-knitted lopapeysa sweaters, which proved popular in light of dropping temperatures followed by early snowfall.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow of traditional sheep roundup.

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