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The bleats of tiny goats, country music and the squeals of delighted children could be heard at Lancaster County 4-H's first Farm Fun Day on Saturday.
The event was held at Ace Hardware and Garden Center on South Market Street. Children got their faces painted with colorful, glittery swirls or snakes and had the chance to milk a wooden cow named Flossie.
"People are like, 'A wooden cow?' But the kids are loving it," said Lancaster County 4-H Agent Ashley Hinson. She was thrilled with the turnout.
"This is awesome," she said.
A petting zoo provided adorable rabbits, tiny pygmy goats, ducks and a guinea pig for children. 4-H members led tiny, fuzzy miniature horses around on lead lines, providing photo ops for parents. Horse owners got the chance to have their horses' weight and health evaluated by a Southern States equine specialist.
4-H members and volunteers handed out information about local programs. Lancaster County 4-H now has about 40 members involved in a variety of projects that include raising chicks or goats or planting food for wildlife.
The Humane Society of Lancaster County brought its share of animals too, hoping those attending would adopt one of four golden puppies, one with green eyes. Another puppy, Biscuit, had one of his legs wrapped in a red cast but greeted each person who came up to his cage with a nudge or lick.
4-H member Trevor Hammond, 12, manned Flossie, the wooden cow. He said young people should definitely join 4-H for the learning experience. Tevor participated in the pullet project last year, eventually selling some of the eggs that his chickens produced.
"You get to work with animals and learn about how to take care of animals," he said.
For details about Lancaster County 4-H, call Hinson at 283-3302 extension 111.
Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org