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Ah, the blossoming flowers … the pigs happily wallowing in mud … the live country music … the proximity to the Grand Central Parkway!

The Queens County Farm Museum will host its annual Spring Fest on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s haircut time, and sheep-shearing demonstrations will be a main attraction at this family-friendly event. To complete the cycle, fiber artists will show how wool is spun, woven, needle-felted, and dyed.

The idea is to create a day in the country at this 47-acre parcel in Glen Oaks. So attendees will also choose from hayrides, colonial cooking demos, farmer tours, and a plant sale. As always, there will be opportunities to check out the herb garden (pick up some flower and vegetable seedlings!), pet the livestock, explore the greenhouse complex, and buy lunch at food trucks.

Families will be able adopt worms for their home compost bins and get gardening and recycling tips at the Con Edison Ecology Booth, which will also offer free crafts for kids.

Savannah Sky, which specializes in country, rockabilly, and Western swing, will perform throughout the day. Featuring a pedal steel electric guitar, fiddle, and tight harmonies, this good ol’ group likes to engage audiences of all ages with a large repertoire of songs.

Admission is $5. Queens County Farm Museum is at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., a few blocks south of Exit 24 on the Grand Central Parkway.

Dating back to 1697, the Queens County Farm Museum is located on New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. The site, an NYC Landmark which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes planting fields, an orchard, and the Adriance Farmhouse, which was built in 1772. It’s named after the Dutch family that owned the property for more than 100 years and over five generations.

Left and middle images: Queens County Farm Museum; right image: Savannah Sky


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