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Billings Farm’s Draft Animal Day held Sunday

Mothers receive free admission

Sunday, May 9 at 10 a.m.—WOODSTOCK—Learn all about the powerful draft horses, working steers, and oxen that farmers have traditionally used on the farm. Billings Farm & Museum welcomes visitors on Sunday, May 9, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. for Draft Animal Day. 

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the farm – mothers receive free admission.

Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum

Watch local teamsters and their trained teams demonstrate their skills plowing the farm fields using several types of plows. Visitors are invited to try their hand at plowing with a team of draft horses pulling a walking plow. Did you know oxen wear shoes too? Watch as an ox get his hooves trimmed and shoed. See how to harness a horse team and learn more about how teamsters train these magnificent animals. Find out how draft animals are used on farms today.

In the Learning Kitchen, sample old-fashioned favorites, shoo-fly pie and the haymakers’ drink, switchel, and take home the recipes. Kids can race a hobby horse around our lawn and take home a ribbon. Families will enjoy hearing a reading of “Huck’s Way Home,” the story of Billings Farm’s runaway calf and then make a Huck’s Ears headband! Find out how flowers were used as secret code in the Victorian Flower Language program. 

New for this event! Trailbreak Taps and Tacos, a popular local eatery from White River Junction, will be on site with their food truck serving a variety of tacos, quesadillas, street corn, chips and salsa, plus a beer garden and refreshing non-alcoholic options.

Face coverings must be worn by all guests over the age of 2 everywhere on the site, including the outdoors.

Hours of operation April 19-May 30 are Wednesday-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information and admission prices, visit billingsfarm.org.

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