Huge crowds were more than willing to “Celebrate Spring” from on Saturday, April 12, at the Heritage Park Petting Farm.

The annual sheep shearing took place every half hour, and visitors watched Deb Caryl, a third-generation sheep shearer, make the sheep comfortable for those hot summer days. The farm’s farrier was also on hand to do demonstrate how he keeps the feet of the farm’s horse and donkey healthy. A farrier is an expert in equine hoof care.

The hum of tractors was in the air as members of Tri-County Two-Cylinder Tractor Club showcased their prize vehicles.  Easter egg hunts were held and there was a special prize for the child that found the golden egg. 

Visitors met the newest member of the farm, Peppa the pot-bellied pig. 

Next on the Petting Farm schedule is the “Wild Weekend” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3-4. 

Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom will be back in town. Gus and Gia, the camels, will join in, along with many other animals from around the world.   Flutterby Faces face painters will return, turning children into exotic animals right before your eyes. Light refreshments will be available for purchase and there will also be free craft making for the children. A free shuttle will be again running to and from the community center and farm for the parking convenience of those attending.  

Visit up close with jungle and farm animals all in the same weekend.

School and Group Tours remain available. The staff at the Petting Farm is ready to take reservations for any farm field trip. Plan ahead by booking a date today. Field trips last about one hour and are $4 per student for the Taylor School District and groups. 

This program explores different livestock species and teaches interesting facts about day-to-day functions of a working farm. Taylor Schools receive free busing, which is scheduled by a farm coordinator. 

There are many ways to utilize The Petting Farm, Heritage Park, Taylor Community Library and the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Call for suggestions at (734) 374-5946.