Sheep & Wool Day at Springton Manor Farm
The sheep are losing their winter wool,
and you're invited to the shearing!
Saturday, April 29
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Springton Manor Farm
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 from 20 sheep and learn what is done with it.
- Sheep Shearing
- Spinning, Weaving, Knitting & Crocheting Demonstrations
- Birds of Prey Education Program
- Children's Entertainment & Caricatures
- Butter Making, Paper Making, Wood Milling
- Mobile Ag Science Lab
- Farm Animals & Tractors, 4-H Clubs, Family Farm Museum
- Family Games, Face Painting, Corn Cribs, Kids Areas
- Plant Sales, Garden Bed Tours
- Wagon Rides, Tractors
- Craft, Food & Activity Vendors
Sheep & Wool Day will serve as a donation location for Chester County Pet Pantry’s Animal House Project. The items at the top of their wish list include dry cat and dog food, and litter. See complete list.
On Stage & On Display
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Mr. David Perry will be drawing caricature portraits tailored to each person's choice of theme.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM"Hunters of the Sky"
Indian Run Environmental Education Center (IREEC) will be on stage with their birds of prey program. Enjoy a close up look at live raptors, including a falcon and owls, and discover their amazing adaptations for survival. Handicapped by injuries sustained in the wild, these birds now reside locally at the IREEC in Glenmoore.
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM"Drawings, Songs & Silliness"
Mr. Perry will take the stage with his "creative concoction of music, art, puppets, props and humor are guaranteed to appeal to the young and young-at-heart."
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Ongoing Activities
- Sheep Shearing
- Great Barn & Family Farm Museum
- Butter Making, Toys & Games, Paper Making by Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
- Artisan Demonstrations & Community Exhibits
- Penn State Extension Displays/ 4-H Clubs
- Chester County Food Bank Gardens
- Master Gardeners Plant Sale
- PA Farm Bureau's Mobile Ag Science Lab
- Craft & Food Vendors
- 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 plant sale offers a mix of vegetables, herbs and native plants. The Chester County Food Bank will showcase their partnership with Springton Manor through its Outdoor Classroom and tours of the raised garden beds.
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation demonstrates paper making and butter churning while educating about the handmade processes. They will also have 18th century toys and games to test your skill.
Artisans, Vendors & Exhibits
Members from the Lancaster Spinners & Weavers Guild, Brandywine Rug Hooking Guild, Henrietta Hankin and Honey Brook Libraries, Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers 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. Kits and other items will be available for purchase to keep practicing at home!
Visit with the animals in Springton Manor Farm’s Great Barn, get your Farm Passport stamped, and tour the Family Farm Museum to learn about seasonal tools used on Chester County farms from the 1700’s to the 1900’s. Watch a portable saw mill utilize our forest's resources.
Chester County 4-H Clubs will also provide animal exhibits including ponies, milking goats, cows and swine. 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. Meet Smokey Bear, play in the corn cribs, make sand art, have your face painted, and appreciate the significance of the tractors - old and new.
Talk with representatives from Chester County Safe Kids, Penn State Extension, Purple Martin Conservation Association, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Yellow Springs Farm, Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, Lyme Disease, Anselma Mill and Chester County Planning Commission to learn about their organization and latest projects.
Visit the craft vendors displaying assorted products from jewelry and lotions to soaps, home decor to 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 & most 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