The city gathered in downtown to bid adieu to the beloved sheep.
 
This season was extra special for both sheep and shepherd as it marks 25 years since the grazing program began.
 
"We had ample grass, the grass grew really nice," said shepherd Kathy Playdon. "We had more tourists than I can ever remember, there was 100 to 200 people in the park every day it seemed."
 
During the Sheep Leaving Parade, the fuzzy flock guided giddy children and followers through downtown.
 
"Really, the sheep have come to associate people with food and with comfort," said Playdon.
 
What started as turf control has now become a major tourist attraction for the city, making sheep synonymous with Fort Saskatchewan.
 
Now, they're off to their winter home near Stony Plain.
 
"They're going to get bred this fall, they'll have babies in the spring, the babies will be weened, the fleece will be sheered off and then they'll be back here next summer."
 
They'll be baaaa-ck in the late spring of 2018.

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