Our festival started out as a bred ewe sale by the local shepherds back around 1980. Like all fertile ideas, it has blossomed into what you read about now in the New York Times.
You probably have tales to tell about the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival. Add them to the wikipedia entry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Sheep_and_Wool_Festival and look at the History Gallery.
People have Yelped too!