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Silvertop Farm & Vineyards to Host SheepFest
By Tourism Industry Partner
Silvertop Farm and Vineyards will host “SheepFest” celebrating all things sheep on Saturday, April 30th from 11 am to 5 pm at the farm located at 6151 W. Fountain Road, southwest of Ponca City in the Salt Fork River Valley. Admission is free. The purpose of the event is to educate the general public about sheep and wool in a festive atmosphere while assisting in funding the Joe Steichen Memorial Scholarship Fund for the sheep departments at Oklahoma State University and Northern Oklahoma College. The event also highlights the fact that Kay County is the largest producer of sheep in the State of Oklahoma.
SheepFest will begin at 11 am with activities in the kid’s area until 5 pm. Also, from 11 am to 5 pm, demonstrations and vendors focusing on wool products will be set up in the Wool & Fiber pavilion and free samples of grilled lamb, lamb salami, and lamb jerky will be distributed by Chef Jeff of Ponca City. Members of the Ponca Tribe will give out samples of fry bread. A donation only benefit lunch, catered by Snyder’s Chicken, will be served at high noon in the Wool & Fiber Pavilion. Picnic areas will be set up for the lunch as well as for attendees to bring their own lunch and enjoy a visit to the farm.
The first annual College Classic Club Lamb Sale will begin at 1 pm. Oklahoma State University has lined up consignors from throughout the Midwest to provide a broad offering of club lambs for youth to purchase for 4-H and FFA project work. Linda Holloway of Ability Stock Dogs, will provide sheep herding demonstrations from 1 to 5 pm and plans are developing to demonstrate “Mutton Busting” for those attending the event. The kid’s area will include a lamb run and an educational area with all the various breeds of sheep used for both wool and meat purposes. Marc Hodgson, Silvertop Sheep Manager, will give sheep shearing demonstrations from 3 to 5 pm and discuss sheep care and maintenance.
For additional information about SheepFest, contact the Silvertop at 580.765.3727.