June 05, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Dairy Days at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

The Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, celebrates National Dairy Month in June during its annual Dairy Days, on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.

A variety of activities, contests and games run 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Activities both days include:

Area 4-H students will show their dairy goats and will be judged in a parade and animal costume contest at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Just prior to the parade at 3:30 p.m., Dona Funk, a livestock specialist with MU Extension, will give a short presentation on dairy goats.

Bluegrass group Lost Hill Band, will play a free concert from 5 — 8p.m. on Saturday evening. A bonfire is available to anyone who wants to roast hotdogs or S’mores brought from home. Campfire forks will be provided.

Hayrides by Shires for Hire will be available both days for $3 per person, 4-year-olds and younger are free. Extended Saturday hours during the concert are 5 – 8 p.m.

The Farm Park also will feature a week-long “Munch, Crunch and Grow Your Lunch” camp June 22 – 26. Participants 6 – 7 years of age will take part in various activities to increase their knowledge of food and where it comes from, along with helping to plant a new garden at the park. The session runs 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. The cost is $65 per camper.

Other upcoming summer programs include “Earth Keepers” for ages 8 – 9, where farmers learn about living off the land and how they affect it through hands-on activities and investigations. The week-long session runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., July 13 – 17, and costs $65 per camper.

“Best in Show” is for ages 10 – 12, where farmers will participate in harvesting summer fruits and vegetables and showing animals. The week-long session runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., August 3 – 7, and costs $65 per camper.

Each summer program offers before-and-after camp care for an extra fee.

For Farm Park or program information, visit www.parkboard.org or call (417) 837-5949.

For more information, media contact: Amy Dooley, Farm Park Coordinator, (417) 837-5944.