29th Annual Farm Animal Frolic at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm on May 20 & 21 and May 27 & 28, 2017. Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm, Sundays noon to 4 pm.
To folks in the 21st century springtime means warmer weather, flowers blooming and the return of robins. It’s time to pack away snow shovels and think about getting the lawn furniture out. In the early 1800s it meant fresh greens became available, a real treat after a bland winter diet. The kitchen garden was planted with such things as peas, onions, beets and carrots. Chickens started laying eggs again and it was also when the animals on the homestead had their babies. At Farm Animal Frolic we celebrate the renewal of life that comes with the season of Spring.
Meet the baby farm animals up close and personal. See kid goats and lambs frolicking about. If you’ve ever wonder where the saying “two shakes of a lamb’s tail” came from you can see the reason for yourself. Chicks will be peeping away and some will be hatching in incubators so visitors can watch them crack out of their shells. There will be a new calf for the children to meet and guests of all ages will laugh at the ducklings as they play in the water.
All the mommies of the babies will be on hand as well, keeping a close watch on their young, so folks will get to meet them, too, and learn something about their role on the farm. Our Clydesdale draft horses, Gunther and Wilhelm, will take you on a wagon ride to the ice harvest pond and back. In the lower part of the barn make sure to say “Howdy” to Janie, our mule, who doesn’t get to pull the wagon and sometimes feels left out. That’s where you will also find the piglets, always a lively bunch.
In addition to the farm animals there are plenty of other fun activities. Twice a day there is a special children's show where youngsters can enjoy puppet shows or storytelling. There are opportunities to play old fashion games, jump in the hay or try the Fish Pond. Our focus area for 2017 is the “Pig Pen” where folks can learn some pig lore, play a game and make a craft.
Sheep shearing will take place on Saturday May 20th throughout the day. Kathy Uhler, from the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, will present a show on local wildlife on Saturday May 27th at 11:30 and 1:30. The school marm will offer presentations in the One Room Schoolhouse on both Sundays. The outdoor brick bake oven will be in operation during all four days of the event making homemade bread, hot pretzels and cookies.
There is nothing more lovable than baby animals, and adults, as well as children will get a kick out of a visit to Farm Animal Frolic. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about farms, farm animals and to spend a day in the beautiful outdoors.
Admission is $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for ages 3 thru 12. Children under 3 years of age are free. Pony Rides and Horse-drawn Wagon Rides are an additional charge and are weather permitting. Refreshments are available. No Smoking or Pets. Frolic is held Rain or Shine. The schedule and prices are subject to change.
All funds raised go to support the mission of the non-profit farm museum.