Shearing for a Cure

Shearing for a Cure is Saturday July 8, 2023

The Maine State Shearing Contest will take place on Saturday 7/8/23. “Shearing For A Cure” is a non profit fundraiser for Cancer Care of Maine hosted by Maple Crest Farm at 2718 Union Street in Hermon. All proceeds, after expenses, will be donated to Cancer Care of Maine. This is a nationally accredited sheep shearing contest to include machine and blade shearing. Contestants are judged by experience, time and resultant shear quality. The shearing competition will begin at 9:30 AM. Awards will take place after the last heat around midday and the event will take place rain or shine from 9-5.

This event is free and open to the public. Self guided farm tours for our Maple Crest Farm Animal Rescue are available along with food and product vendors. Donations, which are tax deductible, are very much appreciated. The donations support the sheep shearing heritage and cancer care. Tax deductible documentation can be provided when desired.

Sponsors, vendors and volunteers are very much welcomed and anyone interested can contact Maple Crest Farm Animal Rescue at 848-4969.

Shearing for a Cure – Sponsors

Edie Kershner
Grabau’s SketchBook
JL Landscaping
Katahdin Trust
Ken @ Bangor Generator Service
Maple Crest Farm Animal Rescue
McWilliams Shearing Supply
Monica Demors (Pony Rides)
Pebblestone Farm
Stonington Furniture
Sue Watson
Wanderlust Coffee Company

Alpaca Shearing Demonstration Clinic

 Jay of Jay Mariacher Shearing Services

Blade Shearing Competition


Dave Craven
Dave Averill
Lee Straw
Donna Kausen


Blade Shearers: Kathleen, Kevin, Doug and Loren

Machine Shearers: Abi, Doug, Collin, Seri and Loren

Article from WABI TV-5

Maple Crest Farm, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,  in Hermon, Maine will host a free, open to the public, fund raiser for Cancer Care of Maine and will include a sheep shearing contest organized by Edie Kirshner, a fourth generation sheep shearer.  There may also be an alpaca shearing demonstration as well. All proceeds will go to Cancer Care of Maine.  For more information go to and click on Shearing for a Cure. We will be following all ME CDC guidelines in affect at the time for this outdoor event.

Article from Maine Organic Farmer & Gardner – March 2021

Thank you for all that have supported us in creating this eventA Special thanks to Maple Crest Farms for being our hosts. As well as Katahdin Trust, Attorney Paul Brown, and Cross Insurance for your generous sponsorship and support.