Holy cow! It’s time for Sheep & Wool Day

The sheep are losing their winter wool, and the public is invited to an event that promises a sheer spectacle.

Chester County Park’s annual Sheep & Wool Day will be held Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore. The highlights of the day’s festivities typically include the yearly shearing of the herd, which takes place throughout the day. Gather around the tent to watch the shearer remove the woolen fleece and learn what is done with it.

At 11 a.m., acoustic trio Folkie Dolkies will take the stage with a fun mix of country, blues, folk, old time and bluegrass. Covering original tunes as well as old favorites and traditional tunes, their nostalgic sound includes guitar, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro, and the old doghouse (upright bass).

Starting at 1:30 p.m., juggler Randy Lyons will juggle a wide variety of equipment, including spinning plates, Chinese yo-yo’s, and cigar boxes. Whenever possible, he includes audience participation, and works to give kids the feel of performing and listening to an audience applaud them. When not on stage, he will roam throughout the event encouraging visitors to try juggling.

Through hands-on science experiments about food, farming and other agriculture-related products, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s self-contained, 40-foot Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab will answer “how well do you wash?” and “it comes from where?” The Chester County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale offering a mix of vegetables, herbs and native plants, and the Chester County Food Bank will showcase their partnership with Springton Manor with its onsite Outdoor Classroom.

In addition, Ridley Creek State Park’s Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will demonstrate a variety of 18th-century toys and games and discuss their significance in a colonial child’s development. They will also present “What We Eat” – a program that investigates the origins of our farm favorite foods and compares how they were made historically to how they are made today.

Artisans, including the Lancaster Spinners & Weavers Guild and the Grist Mill Alpaca Farm, will demonstrate wool spinning, weaving, and other artisan crafts. Visit with the young animals in Springton Manor Farm’s Great Barn, get a Farm Passport stamped, and tour the Agricultural Museum to learn about seasonal tools used on Chester County farms from the 1700s to the 1900s.

Penn State Extension, 4-H Clubs, the Agricultural Development Council and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will also provide various displays and demonstrations. See the Grist Mill Farm alpacas, appreciate the farm equipment display, participate in farm activities and Colonial games, play in the corn crib, and have your face decorated.

Growing Roots Partners, coordinators of the Downingtown Farmers Market, will provide children’s games and their 3-D cow. Take a wagon ride through Springton’s scenic 300 acres and tour the 1833 Springton Manor House. Craft vendors will be displaying assorted products from jewelry and lotions to soaps, photography and bird houses. Grab lunch or a snack from a selection of food vendors.

The Friends of Springton Manor Farm, a nonprofit group dedicated to recreation, education, conservation and preservation of the Farm, will have membership information on how you can get involved with activities at the park.

The event will be held light rain or shine. Parking is $5 per car; admission and all activities are free.

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