Celebrate Spring at the Petting Farm on April 19

The animals at the Heritage Park Petting Farm invite you and your family to come and “Celebrate Spring” from Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The farm is located at 12803 Pardee Road at Northline Road.

The annual shearing of the Petting Farm sheep will take place every half hour starting at 12:30 p.m. Visitors can watch Deb Caryl trim the sheep to make them comfortable for the coming summer days. The wool from sheep can be crafted into yarn to knit warm clothes to keep us warm next winter. Mary Minney, an expert spinner, will be on hand to show you how that is done. She also will show how felting can produce beautiful products from the wool. Little Bo Peep will be at the farm that day and children can have a photo taken with her for $3.

Our friends from the Taylor Garden Club will teach farm visitors how to make a simple treat for birds and will tell children about their annual Sunflower Contest. They also will share how to make a Monarch Waystation in your very own backyard. The right combination of plants will provide a wonderful home for butterflies. The Taylor Conservatory will teach us how to plant our seeds for spring and, while you are at the farm, you may want to take a peek at the progress that has been made at the conservatory right next door.

The hum of tractors will be in the air when members of the Tri-County Two Cylinder Tractor Club showcase their prize tractors. Stan Kloc of Taylor will display his pedal tractors while Toby Winterholler and Ron Love demonstrate the beauty of a working machine that has helped bring food to our tables for many years.

The winning posters from the “Earthday Everyday!” contest will be on display. This annual contest helps us focus on Earth Day, which is celebrated across the world on April 22. Student entries each year remind us of the importance of keeping our world clean and safe for future generations. The sponsors of the contest are United States Steel-Great Lakes Works, The News-Herald Newspapers, the Downriver Council for the Arts, Southland Center, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the New Detroit Science Center and the Petting Farm.

Events at the Heritage Park Petting Farm would not be complete without the talent and skills of Lisa Porter of Flutterby Faces. She will be painting faces with bright springtime styles. Check her fee schedule at the Visitor Center. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Regular admission rates apply. For more information, please call the Heritage Park Petting Farm at (734) 374-5946.