Wednesday Aug. 8 was a little different than most Wednesday afternoons at the Rusty Relics Museum. As soon as you got anywhere near the building the smell of farm was filling your nostrils.
Many Carlyle residents got quite a shocker when they saw a carriage full of children being pulled by two large Percheron horses trotting down the side streets. The horses from the Brady farm paid a visit to the museum, but thatís not all that Dale and Lynn Brady brought to the Farm Day extravaganza. Their farm also brought a smaller sized horse for the kids to ride and an overwhelming amount of different sized kittens.
The visitors were able to socialize with the kittens in a corner of the museum, as many of them tried to escape when the air conditioned headquarters doors swung open.
If that wasnít enough for the day animal wise, the next additions were quite a surprise for all, even the museum director Lauren Hume. Slowly, a box full of baby chicks came into the building with one of the families who regularly attend the kidís days. The little chicks peeped away as children admired their feathers.
This was followed by a surprise from the Newman farm. Two large chickens were taken out of a truck, as well as a young calf named Betsy. The tiny jersey cow was quite frightened by her adventure to the museum riding in a box in the back of a truck. She was quite hard to coax to the grass. After finally being scared out of it by the horse drawn carriage, she seemed to take a liking to the museum greens, chomping down for the remainder of the afternoon.
Many of the children participants were confused at the idea of making homemade ice cream and only a few were eager to try turning the cream. Their small muscles had to work full force to get the cream thick enough, but they were greeted with a pleasant, much earned prize at the end. The freshly made ice cream was served in cones, melting quickly in the beaming sun.
Large appearances of children not from the CFY camp made for a nice twist and many kids were seen crying because they did not want to leave. One child even screamed out that he didnít want to miss any of the fun, because he felt like it was the most fun heíd ever had.
Overall, the farm day was one of the most successful museum days this summer, and children are looking forward to the last two weeks of trains and tepees.