Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 17, 2013

Day at Lake Warren State Park

lake warren 11 Lake Warren1 Lake Warren2 Lake Warren3 Lake Warren4 Lake Warren5 Lake Warren6 - Copy lake warren7 - Copy Our 4-H Poultry Club participated in the Farm City event sponsored by: Hampton County Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee, Ag South, South Carolina Army National Guard, Hampton County First Steps, Hampton County Forestry Commission, Hampton Soil & Water Conservation District, The Hampton County Guardian, Lake Warren State Park, Clemson Extension 4-H and USDA Farm-Service Agency. The event was held at Lake Warren State Park between Hampton and Estill, South Carolina.  The poultry club members brought a few of their favorite chickens to be on display.  As a fundraiser the club offered the public an opportunity to pay .50¢ to feed the birds. My youngest daughter Sarah enjoys working with poultry, she was thrilled to be a part of this event.  She took three of her chickens, one Rhode Island Red Rooster, and two hens a Feather footed Silver Laced Brahma, and a Blue Speckled Sussex.

The Farm City event featured a local Bluegrass Band Graham’s Turnout, Fruit Stand with apple peeler, slicer, fresh pressed apple cider, and a hand cranked corn sheller.  Farm displays included the chickens, ducks, a donkey, and a couple goats. There was a face painting station, practice milking a cow, sack races, driving kid sized farm machines, wash board area, roping and a rock climbing area sponsored by a local Army National Guard unit. The event was like a smaller version of a county fair complete with a few competitions.  The contest offers three categories homemade pies, cakes and bread and homemade jellies, jams and pickled items.

Overall, we had a great day.  We enjoyed time together as a group, interacting with the public, sharing our animals, and information about them. Farm City was well attended and appeared to be a big success.  The location was wonderful.  This was my first visit to Lake Warren and I thoroughly enjoyed the park, it’s small but so scenic and the lake is absolutely beautiful.  Visiting on a clear fall day, with the crunchy leaves, vivid colors and the lakeside view made me want to stay longer.  I visited the park office, spoke with park ranger Kelley and purchased a new park guide book.  I really like our state parks and look forward to achieving my goal of visiting all forty seven locations.  We often attend state park programs for our homeschool fieldtrips, many of them are about local history or natural sciences, the environment, arts and crafts.  Each park has something unique to offer the public.  Most parks have a small entrance fee, Lake Warren doesn’t have an entrance fee but does accept donations.  The Friends of Lake Warren is a support group for the park, Kelley told me that the FOLW has a Face Book page so try to visit and ‘like’ the page to keep up with events.  The SC State Park has a website with pages for each park, visit them at http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/lakewarren/introduction.aspx.

Other links:

http://www.scfb.org/   SC Farm Bureau

http://www.agsouthfc.com/  Ag South

http://www.scguard.com/  SC National Guard

http://www.scfirststeps.org/   SC First Steps

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