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image Zoe Smith (right) holds a baby bunny that will be part of the petting zoo at Grantsville’s Historic Clark Farm during Baby Animal Days on April 26 and May 3. Smith is pictured with Elise Smith and Jameslee Williams.

April 24, 2014
Petting zoo to welcome in spring at Clark Farm

Fluffy baby bunnies and fuzzy chicks will help usher in spring at Grantsville’s Historic Clark Farm for the next two weekends.

A petting zoo, and farm and heritage tours, will be held at the historic center during Baby Animal Days on April 26 and May 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The petting zoo will feature baby farm animals, such as lambs, goats, alpacas, horses, rabbits, chicks, calfs and other creatures. Tours will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Pony and wagon rides will also be available, as well as food booths and a kids craft booth, said Laurie Hurst, one of the event organizers.

Both days will also feature a seed and seedling exchange at 2 p.m.

“They have to bring [seeds and seedlings] in order to take them,” Hurst said, “but if they have seeds from last year and they want to trade, that’s great. Or if they have perennials they’ve divided and now have more than enough, they can bring those.”

Swappers should bring their seeds or plants with containers and instructions for care and growth, she added.

On April 26, the Utah Reptile Rescue will also have an exhibit at the event, which will feature some of the exotic reptiles the organization cares for, said Hurst.

On May 3, in a nod to the town’s horseracing history, stick horse races will be held all day, and a contest to find the fanciest hat — a staple at horseracing events like the Kentucky Derby — will be held at 3 p.m.

“We had a racetrack here, which is where Race Street and Trackside [Circle] got their names from, from the 1860s to the 1920s,” Hurst said, “so we’re having fun with that heritage and tying it in with the Kentucky Derby.”

Additionally, a Maypole event will be held at noon as a throwback to traditions of the early settlers, many of whom were of Swedish and English descent.

“It should be a good day for families to come celebrate spring and Grantsville’s heritage,” said Hurst.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children and $12 for a family pass per day. Pony rides and crafts will have an additional cost. For more information, see the Grantsville Clark Historic Farm Facebook page.


Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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