On Saturday, March 26, Plano’s Heritage Farmstead Museum will host its annual Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival.  The event features an egg hunt for children ages 8 and under, but guests of all ages will delight in the joys of spring on the Blackland Prairie with the shearing of the Farmstead’s sheep and a variety of other family-friendly activities. The event will include hands-on demonstrations, historic exhibits, vintage wagon rides and much more.

“We invite everyone to join us for a fun day on the Farmstead,” said Heritage Farmstead Museum Executive Director M’Lou Hyttinen. “Take a step back in time with us at this unique, springtime event!”

One informative event demonstration, titled “Sheep to Shawl,” will detail the work of pioneer North Texas farmers on the Blackland Prairie who labored hard with their flocks. Farmstead staff and volunteers will showcase the art of sheep shearing, as well as weaving, skirting, washing, dying, and spinning wool.

Saturday, March 26 will also be opening day for the Farmstead’s featured exhibit “Ammie Wilson—a 75 Year Legacy.” Ammie Wilson was the daughter of Hunter and Mary Alice Farrell, the original residents of what is now the Heritage Farmstead Museum property. After the death of Ammie’s son, George, in 1933, she began tending sheep as a hobby to help cope with her loss. She started showing sheep in 1941 at the age of 61. She pulled down her first Grand Champion in 1946.

“Ammie Wilson became nationally and internationally famous on the show circuit,” added Hyttinen.  “She entered the show circuit in 1941 with six Hampshire sheep. We celebrate 75 years of her sheep legacy at the Farmstead this spring!”

The Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Egg hunts for children 4 and under start at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Egg hunts for children ages 5 to 8 years start at 11 a.m. and noon.

Online pre-registration is encouraged but not necessary. However, guests receive a discount for early registration. Online pre-registration tickets are $6 each, or tickets are $8 at the door on the day of the event. Heritage Farmstead Museum members may purchase pre-registration tickets for $5 each or obtain tickets at the door for $6 each.

Raising Cane’s will provided free lemonade and free sweet tea at the event.

This event is funded in part by the City of Plano.

Online registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/FarmsteadSpring2016 or by calling 972.881.0140.

Photos courtesy of The Heritage Farmstead Museum

The Heritage Farmstead Museum:
Located at 1900 West 15th Street in Plano, the Heritage Farmstead Museum is a four-acre historic site consisting of a restored, 14-room 1891 Victorian farmhouse with its original outbuildings, interprets rural life on the North Texas prairie between 1890 and 1925. The museum provides tours, field trips and programs for 35,000 visitors each year.  For more information, call 972.881.0140 or visit heritagefarmstead.org.

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