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Lil' Rexing's Animal Petting

Lil' Rexing's Animal Petting

Time:  4:30 - 6:30 pm ET
Location:  Lower shelter house

Pancho Joe.  Esther.  Apple.  Hope.  Skunky Brewster.  Brand new to theThese five beloved furry friends will make a special guest appearance to meet children from 4:30 to 6:30 in the lower shelterhouse at this year's Folk Fest.  These four miniature farm animals--and one friendly skunk--enjoy meeting and being held or petted by gentle hands.  Parents are encouraged to accompany their children and to ensure kind handling of the animals.

Meet the animals:

FFF 2017 Lil Rexings Poncho Joe donkeyPancho Joe  

Pancho Joe is a miniature gray donkey sporting a dark cross on his back. Pancho Joe hee-haws when people leave him. He is a loving little donkey who is about four years old.




FFF 2017 Lil Rexings Esther sheepEsther

Esther is a Southdown sheep. She is five years old and weighs 175 whopping pounds. Esther is everyone's friend and loves to eat, but hates getting her hair cut (sheared).


FFF 2017 Lil Rexings Apple ponyApple 

Apple is a miniature Shetland pony. She is getting close to 20 years old.  She is the princess of the farm. She stands her ground and will stand up to Lil' Rexing's biggest horse. Apple enjoys being petted and giving small children under 50 pounds a pony ride.


FFF 2017 Lil Rexings Hope goatHope  

Hope is a black and white pigmy goat. She is three years old and is also the aunt to a baby goat on the farm. Hope loves to play on her playground.


FFF 2017 Lil Rexings Skunky Brewster skunkSkunky Brewster  

Skunky is a two-year-old descented skunk weighing in at 10 pounds.
Research shows that the mutual benefits of children holding and petting animals are significant. The contact often has a calming effect upon children and teaches them to love and respect the animals; the animals also get joy and comfort from being petted and loved.


Lil' Rexing's Pony Express is small family-owned farm run by the Rexings (mom, dad, and two children) on ten acres on the far west side of Evansville, Indiana. On the farm live a small community of animals that children can visit, pet, and ride (the pony). The farm--open year-round--provides a loving environment for the animals. Appointments are required. The family provides off-farm parties and on-farm parties including pony rides, petting opportunities, and a playground. Lil' Rexing's generally book parties eight to ten weeks in advance.

For more information, visit  https://www.facebook.com/LilRexings/ and /or call Jamie Rexing at 812-985-3175 and leave a message.
Related article: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/03/09/146583986/pet-therapy-how-animals-and-humans-heal-each-other

"Learning to Fly"

"Learning to Fly"

The Talon Trust, Raptor Rescue/Rehab Program
Time:  12:30 - 1:15 pm ET
Location:  Lower shelter house

FFF 2017 Talon Trust OwlChildren and adults will enjoy an interactive personal experience with live raptors--a falcon, an owl, and possibly a hawk. The Talon Trust, Inc., returning from last year and based in Evansville, IN, serve the southwestern Indiana region. Volunteers will share stories of birds that have been injured and can’t survive in the wild, and now serve as ambassadors for their species. The Talon Trust, Inc., is a local volunteer-based organization dedicated to the conservation of native raptors through rescue, rehabilitation, and education.

FFF 2017 Talon Trust HawkOperations are made possible through public individual and corporate donations, grants, and program fees. Volunteers operate all rescues and programs out in the community. All birds are cared for which currently are housed on private property, and the organization currently does not offer public tours. Funding goes toward helping to feed and care for the injured birds as well as outreach programs. The Talon Trust is a 501c3 pubic charity, and donations are tax-deductible.
For more info, visit http://thetalontrust.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/thetalontrust/.

Area Singer-Songwriters to Kick Off 2017 Folk Fest

20170819 210456On the NextEra Energy Main Stage on Saturday, September 16, in beautiful 18th Street Park, eleven outstanding area singer-songwriters will kick off the 2017 Ferdinand Folk Festival with a round of their original songs. The third annual Singer-Songwriter Showcase Saturday night, August 19, featured these artists in the Forest Park Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium. Their music inspired, moved, and humored the audience, and the committee is excited that everyone will be able to see them again next month.
From left to right, Steven Wagler, Joel Curtis, Matt Colson, Anna Wrasse, Clayton Schroeder, Hayley Payne, Toby Ellis, Tonya Buckler, Edward Burch, and Rick Burch. Missing from photo are Dawn Keller and Art the Dude (Art Woodward).
Special thank you to Showcase MCs Charlotte Olson and Joy Holt from WBDC, FM 100.9, a founding sponsor of the festival.

Stir-N-Up Hope Horse Rides

Stir-N-Up Hope Horse Rides

Time:  All day  11:00 am ET - end time TBD
Location:  South of lower shelter house

FFF 2017 Stir N Up Hope Horse and ChildSouth of the lower shelter house at the Folk Fest, children will again have the fun opportunity to ride a horse with the service organization Stir-N-Hope. The horses names are Jellybean, Leroy, Lady, and Noodles, and according to caretaker Alison Treat, "They are all gentle, kind souls, and they enjoy giving people rides."
Stir-N-Up Hope is a local not-for-profit that provides free therapeutic riding sessions for individuals with special needs. Their mission--"through love, guidance, time, and prayer, they can stir up the hope inside of each student and accomplish goals once thought impossible."
Stir-N-Up Hope helps individuals of all ages who might be dealing with muscular dystrophy, paralysis, emotional disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, learning disabilities, hearing impairments, mental illness, visual impairments, autism, Down's Syndrome, amputations, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Rett Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, and more. Physically, the gentle movement of a supervised ride on a horse develops muscle tone, control, and balance. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in a manner similar to normal human walking. Emotionally and mentally, the relationship a rider develops with a horse builds confidence, self-esteem, motivation, patience and the realization between cause and effect. The love the rider experiences from the horse encourages the rider to not only trust the horse but to rely on it. So they can accomplish the rider’s goals together.
The program is seasonal, running from spring to fall. Riders are taught to groom, tack, lead, ride, and games are incorporated to work on areas of specific need. Riders experience control of direction, speed, and an all-time favorite--the woods . . . places they may have never been able to go if it had not been for the horse. A horse’s warm disposition draws out the desire in the rider to try new things and overcome fears.
In addition to providing enjoyment for children, the rides at the festival will promote awareness of Stir-N-Up Hope and serve as a fundraiser to support the program's valuable work. Rides will be $5.00 per child, and $2.00 to pet a horse. For children ages 6 and under, the parent can walk alongside the child. Brochures and information about the program will be available. Some riders in the program as well as volunteers and parents will be present if people want to ask more questions or get information and just meet who they are helping.
Stir-N-Up Hope's barn is on CR 250 W in southern Spencer County. Their meetings are normally held in the small back room of the Spencer County Youth and Community Center at the Spencer County 4-H Fairground in Chrisney, Indiana, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit and/or contact Alison at 812-367-2436.

Turners Circus to Perform at Ferdinand Folk Festival

FFF 2017 Turner Circus stilts photoThis year's Ferdinand Folk Festival will feature aerial performers from Louisville's Turners Circus! From a freestanding rig positioned near the merch tent and main lawn, performers of all ages and skill levels will provide ambiance performances, taking turns on aerial fabric (silk), static trapeze, hoop (lyra), rope, and Spanish web. Throughout the park, ground performers will also provide juggling, hoop, poi, unicycling, stilts, acro, or other entertainment for visual, artistic appeal.

Specializing in gymnastic classes, aerial performances and more, Turners Circus has a rich tradition with an established repertoire of some of the finest circus arts entertainers and instructors in the Louisville area. Their motto "Sound Mind, Sound Body" supports health and wellness, a prominent theme of the festival.

Founded in the US by German immigrants in 1848 (Ferdinand was founded in 1840 by Rev. Joseph Kundek and also settled by German immigrants), American Turners now number over 60 organizations nationwide. The term “turner” comes from the German word “Turnen”, meaning gymnastic exercise. Louisville Turners organized the city's first gymnasium on Market Street in 1849. The organization struggled through the 1850s from anti-immigrant sentiment prevalent throughout the country. In 1860 Turner Hall burned to the ground, but through the dedication and resilience of its members, Louisville Turners survived. Many American Turners members served in the Civil War and in the service of the United States in every war since that time.

By 1890 the Louisville Turnverein or Gymnastic Club was on the mend and an important presence in Louisville. In 1911, the club purchased property along the Ohio River, now known as Turner Park, and in 1917, Louisville Turners, led by a group of prominent local businessmen, purchased the old Brandeis Home at Floyd and Broadway for a new Turner FFF 2017 Turners Circus PhotoHall and soon added a gym.
The first "Turner Circus" was held in 1941, displaying gymnastic skills of Turner members of all ages. The downtown Turner Hall was used for winter activities until it was sold in 1984. In 1987 authorities constructed in Turner Park a new multipurpose building dedicated to the memory of Joseph Weismueller, who served as gymnastics instructor for 54 years.

Louisville Turners has survived and today thrives through the dedication and determination of its members. The organization continues to be one of the most recognized and respected clubs in the area. Unique to Louisville, Turners is the only gymnastic center that offers a fully equipped aerial program. If one's dreams were ever to be in Cirque Du Soeil or just try something different to get in shape, their aerial classes and workshops are the perfect opportunity.

Turners was founded on the principles of improving our democracy by promoting freedom and equality for all humanity, health and physical education, cultural education, and rational thinking--in order to advance the health, happiness and progress of humankind. It emphasizes intellectual, cultural growth, and moral character through special classes under qualified and competent instructors. It recognizes the family's integral role and the harmonious education of the body and mind as the foundation of our communities.
For more information, visit http://www.louisvilleturners.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/turnerscircus/. Also visit http://www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com/ often in the coming weeks for exciting updates.

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