Running of the Sheep

Running of the sheep to sweep through Te Kuiti

It may not have the glamour or danger of angry bulls stampeding through Pamplona, but 2000 skittish sheep running down Te Kuiti's main street has a certain Kiwi charm.

On Saturday afternoon, thousands of spectators will line Rora St in the King Country town for the inaugural Running of the Sheep.

The event marks the 20th anniversary of the New Zealand Shearing Championships.

And where better than Te Kuiti to host such an event - after all, it is the "Shearing Capital of the World".

Good for NZ's image, I guess, that this has already been done in Montana, and in Australia. (It's not just us! It's not just sheep! really!)