Ovis Hill Farm to celebrate Fall Hey Day in Timmonsville

Charlie Caldwell, owner of Ovis Hill Farms, takes a group of visitors on a hay ride, where he discusses the different aspects of the farm, including the chickens and herding sheep.
Charlie Caldwell, owner of Ovis Hill Farms, takes a group of visitors on a hay ride, where he discusses the different aspects of the farm, including the chickens and herding sheep.

TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. – Come celebrate fall at Ovis Hill Farm during its Fall Hey Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, where there’ll be fun and educational activities for all ages.

The event, which is a fundraiser for Ovis Hill’s educational programs, is a unique as visitors can experience a day on the farm. “With good weather this year’s Fall Hey Day will be a fun hands-on day! With our farm animals, sheep shearing, fiber artists, educational activities and special farmers market we are celebrating some of the earliest traditions of our state along with a new focus on eating local and supporting local farms,” owner Charlie Caldwell said.

“Having a local choice for food only works if folks support local markets.  Here folks can get a good idea of what can be found at our regular all local farmers markets in Florence, Hartsville and Darlington,” Caldwell said. “On top of all of that visitors can participate in some our educational activities we use to teach students the connection with live farm animals and growing plants with what’s on their plates and in their closets. Our festival directly supports our educational programs.”

Save the date to experience an education and fun-filled day on the farm. There’ll be plenty for the children and adults to do – from enjoying a hayride to visiting the animals, the opportunity to feed a few calves, to learning a little about sheepherding and farming on a wagon tour with Caldwell. There also will be demonstrations of wool dying and spinning, butter making and a local seasonal slow food cooking demonstration.

Cost for the fundraiser is $6 per person and $30 maximum per family. Some activities are not covered by admission fee. For more information, call Ovis Hill Farm at 843-992-9447.

OVIS HILL FARM “HEY” DAY

  • Take a hayride
  • Visit the animals, where you will have the opportunity to feed, or observe them as you learn about their important role on the farm
  • Learn a little about shepherding and farming, as you take a wagon ride tour with Charlie
  • Watch demonstrations of sheep shearing, wool dying and spinning, and Border collie herding
  • Make butter
  • Arts and crafts
  • Enjoy great games
  • Browse and shop our seasonal local organic veggies, wholesome grass fed beef, free range chicken, pastured pork, eggs and dairy products.
  • Enjoy a few snacks that you might usually find on our market tables

Directions to Ovis Hill Farm:

I-20 Westbound (from Florence) : From I-20 take exit 137 (first exit after I-95) at SC 340. Turn left off ramp toward Timmonsville, continue to “T” intersection at SC 403. At stop sign turn left onto SC 403, go less than 1/2 mile to first paved right, turn onto East St. Paul. Continue about a mile, to the first paved road on the right, turn right onto Weaver St. Look for the farm entrance about a mile up on the left at 1501 Weaver St. You will see the farm sign. Do not go down any other driveway except the one with the farm sign. Look for designated parking.

From I-20 Eastbound (from Columbia): From I-20, take exit 131 (Lamar, Darlington) for Hwy US 401 and SC 403. Turn Right off of the exit. At flashing light intersection (about 400 yards) turn Left onto 403. Look for Weaver Street, first paved road to right about 1 mile (Just past tree line). Turn Right onto Weaver Street. Travel about 2.5 miles and turn right into farm entrance at farm sign. Do not go down any other driveway except the one with the farm sign. Look for designated parking.