Sheep Shearing at Lamb and Wool Festival at Kline Creek Farm April 21 & 22

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Sheep Shearing at Lamb and Wool Festival at Kline Creek Farm April 21 & 22

Area’s Agricultural Heritage Celebrated With Demonstrations

(April 2, 2018) — Discover how wool goes from sheep to the shop at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Lamb and Wool Festival April 21 & 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago.

See how the 1890s living history farm’s sheep lose their winter coats by old-fashioned methods without electricity, including blade shears and 100-year-old hand-cranked shears. Learn how raw wool was scoured, carded and spun for use in knitting and quilting. Learn how washed wool becomes dyed, spun yarn, and enjoy quilting and other handwork demonstrations. Watch as visiting demonstrators showcase the skills of herding dogs as they move the flock in the pasture.

The Lamb and Wool Festival is free and for all ages. Activities and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Registration is not required. For more information, call Kline Creek Farm at 630-876-5900.

“This event showcases the Chicago area’s history as a hub for the livestock industry in the last 19th century and provides a valuable historical perspective for visitors,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

“Watch farmhands shear our Southdown sheep and see how trained border collies herd the flock,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Al Murphy, District 6.

A true working farm, Kline Creek Farm has raised Southdown sheep since 1997 with much of the animals’ year-round care provided by volunteers. Kline Creek Farm sheep have won several awards at county and state fairs. Numerous lambs were born on the farm this spring, and visitors can see them in the sheep shed whenever the farm is open Thursday – Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sheep were an important commodity to an 1890s farmer, providing income through the sale of wool and individual animals. In the late 19th century, DuPage County was home to many livestock operations, including the raising of sheep for meat and wool.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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