As summer approaches and the weather warms up in rapidly in the coming weeks, it’s likely that the sheep and alpaca at Lazy B Farm are just as excited about this weekend’s “Sheep to Shawl” Festival as are the residents of Statham.
Hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Furr Lane Community Center, this annual agriculturally-centered event will not only feature the shearing of grateful wooly beasts to the amazement and delight of onlookers, but will also boast vendors and local farmers offering beautiful hand-crafted items, wares and fresh produce for sale.
Throughout Sheep to Shawl, demonstrators will be on hand to exhibit their blacksmithing, woodturning, spinning, knitting, carding and beekeeping talents. The event will also feature the NE Tractor Club for the entertainment of the “men folk”, and a children’s activity area for the enjoyment of the “youngins”. There may even be some talented tail-waggers on hand to show off their skills in dog pulling and agility.
The dedicated people behind the Statham Farmers Market and the Statham Dog Park will be on site selling hamburgers and hot dogs to hungry festival attendees. Proceeds from food sales will benefit the market and the new dog park, which will celebrate its official grand opening later in the day.
Admission to “Sheep to Shawl” is just $2 per person and ages 3 and younger will be admitted for free. students are admitted for only $1 if they bring a hand-drawn poster or written paragraph about Cows in the Cafeteria, a nonprofit, grass-roots organization that focuses on providing local beef to Georgia school children, supported locally by Lazy B Farm.
“Sheep to Shawl” schedule
- 10 a.m. — Gates open and demonstrations begin
- 10:30 a.m. — Shearing sheep with electric shears
- 11:30 a.m. — Shearing an alpaca
- 12:30 p.m. — Shearing sheep with hand shears
- 1:15 p.m. — Grand 0pening of the Statham Dog Park
For more information about “Sheep to Shawl”, contact the owner of Lazy B Farm, Cyndi Ball, by calling 770-289-2301 or e mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Lazy B Farm and all its offerings, visit them online at www.thelazybfarm.com and be sure to “like” the farm on Facebook.
to view photos of last year's Sheep to Shawl event.
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