Sheep & Wool Day at Springton Manor Farm
The sheep are losing their winter wool, and you're invited to the shearing!
Saturday, April 30
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Springton Manor Farm
$5 Parking; Free Admission
The highlight of the day is the annual shearing of the herd, which takes place throughout the day. Gather round the tent to watch the shearer remove the woolen fleece of more than 20 sheep and learn what is done with it.
- Sheep Shearing
- Spinning, Weaving, Rug Hooking, Knitting & Crocheting Demonstrations
- Butter Making, Fiber Dyeing, Wool Carding
- Stage Performances - Folkie Dolkies Acoustic Trio; Juggler
- Mobile Ag Science Lab
- Farm Animals & Tractors, 4-H Clubs, Family Farm Museum
- Family games, Face Painting, Corn Cribs
- Plant Sale, Outdoor Classroom & Garden Beds
- Wagon Rides
- Craft, Food & Activity Vendors
On Stage & On Display
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Folkie Dolkies Band
Acoustic group Folkie Dolkies takes the stage with a mix of country, blues, folk, old time and bluegrass to create their unique sound. Covering original tunes as well as old favorites and traditional tunes, their sound evokes nostalgic feelings of days gone by. Instrumentation includes guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and the old doghouse (upright bass).
Juggler Randy Lyons will perform with a wide variety of juggling equipment, including spinning plates, Chinese yo-yo’s, cigar boxes, poi swings, and crystal balls.
Whenever possible, Randy likes to offer kids a chance to join him on stage. However, you can also test your luck throughout the day, as Randy will be roaming the venue when he is not performing on stage.
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
- Sheep Shearing
- Great Barn, animal sheds and Family Farm Museum
- Grist Mill Farm Alpacas
- Butter making, spinning and dyeing by Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
- Spinning, weaving & knitting by Lancaster Spinners & Weavers Guild & Purls of Wisdom
- Rug Hooking with Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild
- Knitting & crocheting with Crochet One, Knit Too! of Chester County Library
- Penn State Extension Displays/ 4-H Clubs
- Chester County Food Bank Gardens
- Master Gardeners plant sale
- PA Farm Bureau's Mobile Ag Science Lab
- Farm equipment & machinery
- Craft vendors -jewelry, bird houses, soaps & lotions, felt & wool products, jellies, photography, tote bags & more!
- Food vendors - kettle corn, sandwiches, funnel cakes, pizza, water ice & more!
- Family games, face painting, corn cribs
- Wagon rides through Springton's scenic 300 acres
Shearing, spinning, learning & playing down on the farm!
Walk through the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s interactive, 40-foot Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab to learn about products Pennsylvania farms produce for our use.
Chester County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale offering a mix of vegetables, herbs and native plants, and Chester County Food Bank will showcase their partnership with Springton Manor through its Outdoor Classroom and raised garden beds.
Ridley Creek State Park’s Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will demonstrate how cream becomes butter. Watch as they skim, churn, knead and mould! Try your hand (and your muscles) at making a little bit of butter. Interpreters will also show how sheep's wool is carded and spun into thread or yarn. See the different historical materials and methods of achieving a rainbow of fabric colors.
Artisans, Vendors & Exhibits
Artisans, including the Lancaster Spinners & Weavers Guild and Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild, will demonstrate wool spinning, weaving, carding, rug hooking, weaving and other crafts. See how raw fleece is prepared to be spun into yarn then woven into fabric. Learn about different types of spinning wheels and try your hand at drop spindle. Purls of Wisdom will introduce children to finger knitting, arm knitting and spool knitting. Kits and other items will be available for purchase to keep practicing at home!
Visit with the young animals in Springton Manor Farm’s Great Barn, get your Farm Passport stamped, and tour the Agricultural Museum to learn about seasonal tools used on Chester County farms from the 1700’s to the 1900’s. Grist Mill Farm will have two alpacas for you to meet and a sampling of yarn, rugs and other items made from them. Chester County 4-H Clubs will also provide animal exhibits including ponies, milking goats, cows and swine.
Penn State Extension and Safe Kids Coalition will also provide exhibits and demonstrations. Chester County Animal Response Team will present how they prepare for emergencies and disasters effecting animals.
Chester County Library will conduct three-legged races and egg and spoon toss games. Play in the corn cribs, have your face decorated, and appreciate the significance of the tractors - old and new.
See the beekeeper and learn about letter pressing, an ancient form of printing stationary. Visit the craft vendors displaying assorted products from jewelry and lotions to soaps, photography and bird houses. Grab lunch or a snack from a selection of food vendors.
Take a wagon ride through Springton’s scenic 300 acres and help support the Friends of Springton Manor Farm. This non-profit group dedicated to recreation, education, conservation and preservation of the Farm, will have information on becoming involved with volunteer activities at the park.
Fun Sheep Facts
- People started raising sheep over ten thousand years ago
- There are about 1 billion sheep on the planet
- There are about 900 different breeds
- Spinning wool into thread began about 5,000 years ago
- One pound of wool can make ten miles of yarn
- There are about 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in a baseball
- If you see a sheep on its back, lend a hand! A sheep can't get up from that position.
- The event will be held rain or shine.
- Parking is $5 per car; Admission & activities are free.
- Vendors will have products for sale. An ATM will be available on site.
- Springton Manor Farm is a working demonstration farm operated by Chester County Facilities & Parks located at 860 Springton Road, Glenmoore, five miles west of Downingtown, off Route 322.
- Call the park office at 610-942-2450