Illustrating the cultural diversity of District 105NE, Dumfries Lions Club were at the heart of the community in Moffat last weekend manning the betting stalls and the “Bucking Ewe” for the annual Moffat Sheep Races!
Thousands cheered on ewes and their knitted woollen jockeys as they hurtled through the streets in the rural town’s annual sheep races. Crowds lined the pavement in sleepy Moffat, southern Scotland, to watch the town’s traditional sheep racing contest.
Costume clad ewes – some even wearing hats – go up against each other with hand-knitted jockeys on their backs. Locals and tourists place bets on who will win the exciting races, with all proceeds going to the town promotion group. Losing punters could have claimed it was a stitch-up. But those who tipped the successful hand-knitted jockey in the Moffat Sheep Race will have been far from sheepish when collecting their winnings, having proved themselves as experts when it comes to judging speedy ewes.
The annual get-together has become an unmissable event in the Dumfries and Galloway town, where locals and tourists try their hand betting on sheep as they hurtle through Moffat’s closed High Street in a series of fun races.
The sheep races celebrate Moffat’s sheep farming and centuries old woollen industry, with the event made possible by the generosity and support of the local farming community. Moffat’s best known pubs, restaurants, cafés, craft and gift shops all join in the festivities, with street stalls popping up to offer visitors the best in local produce, arts and crafts.