Down at the farm at ScienceWorks

ScienceWorks bids farewell to summer with its final festival Aug. 22 to 26, "Down on the Farm."

The festival is an exploration of farming, including live animals, farming demos and live music.

ScienceWorks has invited farmers and crafters around the Rogue Valley to bring some of their expertise and stories to share with the community.

Farm activities happen each day, including demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on activities.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the day starts with a performance by "Banjo Bill" from 11 a.m. to noon.

From 11 a.m. to — p.m. there will be a spinning demonstration and a chance to try weaving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pack mules, goats, miniature horses and a donkey will make a special visit to ScienceWorks for the day.

The pack mule demonstration will be held from 11 a.m. to — p.m. Visitors may be familiar with how cows are milked, but how about goats? From — to — p.m. there will be goat milking demonstrations.

The exploration of food farming continues with Dutch oven cooking, butter churning, and more.

Craft activities include making bees wax candles, corn husk doll making and other hands-on crafts.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, the weaving demonstration will be held from — to — pm. Live music continues with a performance from 2 to — pm of "The Old Time Fiddlers."

A special feature includes an introduction to bees and honey extraction.

The miniature horses and donkey will be present, as well as a hands-on milking Bess the "cow" on loan from the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

ScienceWorks is located at 1500 East Main at Walker Ave. Summer hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Beginning Sept. 5, ScienceWorks will be open until 4 p.m.

For more information on events, directions, membership and volunteer opportunities call 482-6767 or visit .

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