Meredith sheep give festive spirit

IF you’ve been to Meredith at Christmas time recently, you might have noticed the place seems to have been overrun with sheep.

Not the woolly kind, but wooden ply cut-outs that have been decorated with all sorts of Christmas patterns and placed on fences and houses.

Residents who want a sheep are given one to decorate how they see fit, with some choosing to paint the 12 days of Christmas and others to cheer on their favourite footy team.

Advance Meredith member Margaret Cooper said the idea for the Christmas sheep came from Meredith’s historical connection with sheep farming and fine merino wool.

She keeps her sheep, painted by artist Chris Kempers, in an old shearing shed on her property. 

“We just try to make Meredith look a bit Christmasy. It’s something that makes Meredith unique.”

Ms Cooper said there were hundreds of wooden sheep around the area, although not all of them were on display. 

“Some people leave them in the garage and forget they have them,” she said. 

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