Bringing the farm to Grove City

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Children throughout the community flocked to the Grant-Sawyer Home in Grove City on Oct. 2 to participate in an animal education program called “Bring the Farm to You.” Established in 2011 by the Byerly family of Centerburg, the educational petting zoo allows children to get up close and personal with animals commonly found at small farms. “It’s our way of bringing the farm to those who may not normally get to see one,” said Chris Byerly. Here, he holds Petunia, a piglet as she gets some affection from Blayke Barnes, 2, of Grove City. This program was just one of many to take place throughout the weekend of Oct. 1 as part of the city of Grove City’s Autumn Adventures.
Lincoln Stollings, 6, meets Belle the Hodo rabbit. Byerly said these dwarf rabbits only weigh one to three pounds.
After many attempts, Cassidy Pfeiffer, 15, finally gets to touch the tail of a duck.
A small flock of sheep relax in their enclosure. The Byerly family brought seven species of animals to the event.

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