Agrodome Farm Show Admission
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There was a time when sheep shearing was considered a mundane, menial, lowly occupation. Shearing techniques were clumsy, wasteful, and thought to require no particular skill. The Bowen brothers changed all that.
As teenagers in the 1930s, Godfrey and Ivan showed a natural talent for shearing that made them faster than everyone else. And they were always looking to get better. By the 1950s, they had perfected a new method that was less difficult and more efficient.
The result was a technique that retained more wool and left evenly cut fleeces that were easier to work with. Adopted by shearers around the world, the now-famous "Bowen technique" sheared costs and boosted productivity – to the tune of billions of dollars.
The brothers also proved that sheep could be sheared twice a year, during spring and fall. Fleeced sheep not only survived the winter, they thrived.
In 1960, Godfrey Bowen was awarded the medal of the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace. In 1963, the USSR made him the only non-Soviet ever named a Hero of Socialist Labor. In 1970, he produced New Zealand's outdoor exhibit at the World Expo in Japan, then brought it back home as the original Agrodome in 1971.
It wasn't all business. The Bowens helped turn sheep shearing into a tourist attraction and competitive sport. Godfrey even appeared on U.S. television, showing off his skills for millions of viewers on the Tonight Show. So if you're wondering what could possibly be so interesting about shearing sheep, look at it this way: It may be the only thing Johnny Carson, Nikita Khrushchev, and Queen Elizabeth ever agreed on.
The show must go on
At first, Ivan Bowen served as the Farm Show's main presenter. But in 1980, with 100 visitors eagerly waiting, a fire destroyed the Agrodome building. Undeterred, Ivan took everyone to a nearby hill nearby and performed the world-famous sheep show while the building smoldered behind him. His son helped launch the rebuilt Agrodome in 1983.
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