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It is sheep-shearing season and, at Howell Living History Farm, in keeping with the farm’s time period, shearers use hand shears for their annual “Shear Fun” shearing demonstration.

Howell Living History Farm will hold its 31st annual “Shear Fun” event on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program features sheep shearing, sheep herding, and related arts, crafts and demonstrations. Also attending this year is the Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild. Hand-hooked rugs will be on display and the art of making them demonstrated.

Sheep-shearing demonstrations will take place at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children can crank a set of circa 1900 “automatic shears,” the precursor to electric shears. Herding demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, visitors can meet twin lambs and try their hand at spinning wool. Wool products and natural fleeces will be on display and for sale. Baked goods and lunch fare will be available throughout the day.

A children’s craft program, “Felting,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $3. Groups (eight or more) must preregister.

Howell Farm is maintained and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, two miles south of Lambertville (GPS address: 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ 08530). Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Parking and admission are free.

For additional information about the farm, call (609) 737-3299 or visit www.mercercountyparks.org or www.howellfarm.org.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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