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Rituals of Spring at Old World Wisconsin

A sheep and her lamb at Old World Wisconsin, which celebrates "Rituals of Spring" on Saturday, May 21

Old World Wisconsin will turn back the clock 150 years to a time when 19th-century Wisconsin farm families greeted the arrival of spring by engaging in a host of springtime chores to ready their fields and gardens for another growing season during its annual Rituals of Spring event Saturday, May 21. The event will showcase the importance of sheep and their plush fleece to pioneer farmers. A father-and-son team will demonstrate the art of hand shearing sheep on the Norwegian Kvaale Farm from 11 am to 3 pm while farm women process the collected wool — just as Wisconsin settlers did in the late 1800s. In the Loomer Field across from the Sanford Farm, visitors can observe a team of border collies as they herd sheep with skill and agility, guided by subtle commands from their trainers. Sheep dog herding demontrations will be at 11:30 am, 1:30 and 3:30 pm.

More New Site Features and Activities Visitors Will Enjoy

Another new site feature that visitors will enjoy is a walk along the Bluebird Trail to observe new bluebird boxes and their nesting families. The day's activities will also include horse-drawn plowing demonstrations in the Norwegian Raspberry Field by members of the Jefferson County Draft Horse Association from 10 am to 12:30 pm and again from 1:30 to 4 pm. For a complete schedule of activities and their times, view or download a detailed program (PDF 989 KB) for this event.

Enjoy a Farmhand Buffet or a Rousing Barn Dance

After-hours events begin at 4 pm with a Farmhand Buffet, open to all until 7 pm. After dinner, visitors can kick up their heels at a rousing Barn Dance, with live music and a caller, guaranteeing an evening of old-fashioned fun, regardless of age or skill level. Old World Wisconsin's Barn Dances are popular and fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended. Download a Barn Dance registration form (PDF 60 KB) or register online.

For complete details on admission, location and contact information, visit the Old World Wisconsin visitor information pages.

:: Posted May 16, 2011

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