Is a freelance writer and school teacher living in Adelaide. On weekends I like to get out and explore with my family. I love travelling and have lived in various cities.
On one day in May, each year Mount Crawford forest comes alive with the voices of a few thousand people enjoying the Birdwood Primary School Farm Day. In 2012, the event will be held on May 20th from 10am-4pm at the Chalks Campground.
The Farm Day has been running for 38 years and is always a lot of fun. Parents and children alike will be enthralled by the many demonstrations including whip cracking, sheep shearing, farrier, log chopping, equestrian and Medieval sword fighting. For the kids this day is sure to be a highlight of their year as there are camel and pony rides, creative craft stalls and plenty of sweet treats. There's also a scarecrow competition with some great prizes to be won. For city kids who rarely experience life on a farm, there is an animal nursery and you can also watch a cow being milked.
This day is so much more than the stalls and demonstrations. People come from far and wide and make it an annual family tradition. Groups sit around camp fires with their picnics and share stories and reminisce about Farm Days in years gone by. You can also bring along your BBQ and there is the option to buy a meat pack from the BBQ stall. If, after lunch, you have energy to spare you can take on the climbing wall, have a tractor ride or participate in some of the old fashioned family games. If you have no desire to run around, just sit back and listen to the live music.
It's cold in the forest this time of year so don't forget to rug up and perhaps take your wellies.