There are dozens of them across San Angelo — fiberglass sheep — in all colors — as part of the San Angelo “Sheep Spectacular.” In a few short weeks, twelve years after the start of the project, ewe numbers 99 and 100 will be revealed.
Del Velasquez says “Brenda Gunter — the current mayor of San Angelo — really is the one who helped us create and bring the idea forth and incorporate it as a fundraiser for Downtown San Angelo.”
Downtown San Angelo’s Del Velasquez talked about the program recently during a Leadership San Angelo presentation.
“The project started in 2007, that’s when we first ordered our first ten sheep. Within a few months, we’d already sold the first ten that we’d bought and ordered ten more.”
They have names like “unforgettable Ewe,” “Baa Baa Black Sheep, ” “Ewe-Sella” and “When you are Hungry.” The very first “Lucky Ewe” is on display at Trimble-Batjer Insurance downtown at the corner of Twohig and South Chadbourne.
“They sold fast!!!”
Ninety-eight sheep in the San Angelo “Sheep Spectacular” have been sold to sponsors. “We have one at a ranch in Colorado, there is one at a house in Tempe, Arizona.”
The art project is a fundraiser and marketing tool and organizers say it’s a tribute to San Angelo’s wool heritage.
“We were the wool capital of the world here in the ’60s and ’70s,” Velasquez declared.
And in March, both the 99th and 100th sheep in the “Sheep Spectacular” will be revealed at a long-time San Angelo institution that’s been a key part of the city’s growth for decades.
“What we do in West Texas is unique and different to the rest of Texas in some ways, and the country as a whole. We can celebrate that fact. The art that’s incorporated in the fiberglass sheep is part of that idea.”