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Wool week and sheep shearing at the Homeplace 1850s Farm

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GOLDEN POND -- The Homeplace 1850s Farm at Land Between the Lakes hosts a week of programs dedicated to working with wool Saturday, April 8 through Saturday, April 15. Visitors are invited to get some hands-on experience and lend a hand preparing the new fleeces for spinning into yarn.

"The sheep are ready to shed their wool from the past year and that means new fleeces to wash, tease, card, spin, and dye," said Cindy Earls, Homeplace lead interpreter. "We will show each step it takes to process our sheep's raw wool into yarn, which we knit or weave into clothing during our Ewe to Yarn Challenge."

Invited artist Gary Larson will give Homeplace sheep their "haircut" for the year, 1850s style, on Sheep Shearing Day, Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Programs included with regular admission: ages 13 and up $5; ages 5-12 $3; ages 4 and under are free. Fourth grade students can go to www.everykidinapark.gov, get their free Every Kid in a Park pass, and get their family in for free.

To find additional information about Land Between the Lakes, please log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.

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