Dairy Days at Rutledge-Wilson Farm

By Guest Contributor

First posted on 06-06-2008

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host the inaugural Dairy Days at the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, June 14 and from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, June 15.

Dairy Days offers visitors a weekend of dairy and farm discoveries. Guests will have the opportunity to rotate through fun and interactive activities, and explore the lifecycle of a dairy cow, the milking process, how much milk cows produce, and the many products made from milk.

Scheduled activities include carriage rides for $3; face painting, pizza wheel, macaroni mystery, and milk bottle toss games for $1 each; a celebrity cow milking contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday; bluegrass music by Lost Hill from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday; Father’s Day “Gotch’r Goat?” contest at 2 p.m. on Sunday, where dads can guess the weight of the farm’s goats; and a family scavenger hunt at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The stocked fishing pond is now open on the property, and will be available for cane pole renting for $3 per hour from the gift shop. Channel catfish and hybrid blue gill can be caught and released. No fishing licenses required, and only the facility’s cane poles can be used. Rental includes cane pole, worms, line, hook and bobber.

The Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park’s normal hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday. The 207-acre property features a 4,112-square-foot domestic animal barn with eight stalls, chicken coop, maintenance building, and one-mile greenway trail. Educational gardens demonstrating common household food items, a 24-foot by 40-foot hay bale play area, and a farm-themed playground are also amenities of the farm.

For more event information or general questions about the property, call (417) 837-5949 or visit http://www.parkboard.org