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Upcoming events in April and May

Written by: Bobbie
March 19, 2012

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Katahdin Sheep at Golden Acres RanchMEAT SHEEP ALLIANCE OF FLORIDAANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE is being held here at Golden Acres Ranch the weekend of April 20-21-22. This is the same weekend as the annual Southern Music Rising in Downtown Monticello.

The Meat Sheep Alliance consists of member sheep producers from all over Florida and South Georgia. However, all you wanna’ be sheep producers are certainly welcome to attend. You will gain a great deal of information about raising sheep and the market potential. Of course, we’d like you to consider becoming a member.

Everyone is invited to come in Friday evening. April 20. Socialize here at the ranch and help us setup for Saturday or take part in the music fest, art show and the classic car show in town. We’re encouraging anyone with an RV to come stay on the property. We have two RV hook-ups or you can use a generator. There are plenty of places to park. Stay Saturday night, too. I’ll have a pot of coffee and some flapjacks and you can enjoy a leisurely drive home Sunday AM. Want to show off or sell some sheep? Bring them. Just let me know so I can arrange a pen or parking area for you.

Saturday, April 21 will be the main program with a pot-luck lunch. Registration is from 8 to 9. Just ask and I can get a program mailed to you. Remember this is a rain or shine event. We have a large enclosed room if needed.

Mayhaw berries  |   MAYHAW BERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL – Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. Time from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days.

Now with all this warm weather and some nice rains we are hoping for a bountiful crop, however, we never know the exact harvest time until further into April. Let’s all hope for no late frost. The trees are lush and green now and the blossoms are there so harvest may be a bit early this year. There is water in the stand which is a good thing. Makes it trickier to harvest but usually means a good crop. Last year’s drought meant we had only one-half the crop of the previous year.

We will have the hay rides, the Phoney Pony swing, the lambs and kids to pet, along with the chickens and guineas. We are ordering our baby chicks this week so they will still be tiny and cute during the festival. The big dogs will be close by and there will be vendors from around the area. There is always a picnic spot and Mayhaw Jelly on hand. We are planning on Johnston’s Barbecue sandwiches again and maybe a bowl of lamb or goat stew. There will be some Mayhaw Cake for dessert. The event is free for all to come but we hope you’ll support our vendors.

Again we encourage folks from out of town to come with your RV and we’ll find a space for you to park. We may put you to work also but that’s another story.