Everyone who knows me knows that my favorite weekend of the year is Columbus Day weekend, because that's when my hometown celebrates Autumnfest. Autumnfest Weekend is really no big deal if you don't like apple picking, pumpkins, local bands, fair food, cool weather, crafts, carnival rides, New England, or anything that's good.
Waltham's Sheep Shearing Festival at Gore Place is my springtime equivalent to Autumnfest. It's only 1 day, not an entire weekend, so we've hit some rainy days in the past. But this year, the 30th anniversary of the festival, was bright and beautiful and perfect. My favorite part is the sheep dog herding demonstration - "BONNIE, NO!!!" (you'd get that if you've been to sheepfest). And also watching the sheep completely surrender immediately when they are taken out of the pen to be sheared.