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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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