Spring is here, and area residents have swapped their heavy coats for much lighter clothing. Now, it's the sheep's turn.
The sheep at Old McCaskill's Farm, 377 Cantey Lane in Rembert, get sheared just once a year, and Saturday is that day. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the farm's owners, Lee and Kathy McCaskill, invite the public to visit their working farm to witness the shearing and many other activities on "A Day in the Life" of the farm.
Some of the spring activities are the same as in the fall, when McCaskill's hosted Fall Family Fun Day, but some are unique to this season; e.g., the sheep shearing. In addition to that activity, Saturday's visitors can also watch border collies do their work of herding and protecting sheep and some other farm animals.
Kathy McCaskill said there were more than 2,500 people who attended the spring 2016 sheep shearing, and they're planning for more on Saturday. Many of the farm workers will be dressed in period costume and performing tasks that were once essential to a farm's success, including spinning, weaving and quilting; also open for observing will be the working saw mill, the grits mill and the blacksmith's forge. Visitors can just walk around and observe all the activities, or take part in several, enjoy refreshments at the farm's restaurant run by the McCaskills' daughter, Ashley Robinson, and shop in the farm store for such items as meats, vegetables, wool and canned goods.
Kathy McCaskill said available concessions will include "OMF (Old McCaskill's Farm) sausage dogs and barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, brick oven pizza, homemade fried pies, chocolate-covered frozen bananas and chips." In addition, she said, "there will be old-fashioned churned ice cream and 'those who crank get ice cream.' ... Main features are the shearing and border collie demo."
Admission to Sheep Shearing Day is $5 per person; children under age 2 will be admitted at no charge.
Driving directions from Sumter: Take U.S. 521 toward Camden, and go about 19 miles, passing through Rembert. Turn right on Cantey Lane.
For more information, visit www.oldmccaskillfarm.com or call (803) 432-9537.