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Staff Photo / Bob Coupland Max Holland of Salem, left, cuddles a baby goat on the lap of John James of Beloit during the Baby Animal Shower on Saturday at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield. Young and old could see, pet and feed the baby animals.

CANFIELD – It was a special day Saturday at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm as the public got to see some baby animals born this spring.

In recent years, this popular family event has attracted up to 5,000 visitors who have been able to see, feed and pet everything from baby pigs, goats, horses, rabbits and peacocks.

Lynn Zocolo, a 20-year-old educator at the farm, said the annual “baby shower” has been held in the spring since 1992 with a few years missed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are open again and have a variety of wonderful baby animals for the enjoyment of our visitors. This is a free event for families. It makes your heart smile when you see the baby animals,” she said.

New this year are tractor and wagon rides around the property and also feeding the animals a small “baby snack” ice cream cone filled with cereal for $1.

Zocolo said most babies are born from mid-April to May.

She said the children love to see the foal, calves, alpacas, pygmy goats and peacocks.

4-H students and Canfield Junior Fair members helped out with the event.

Zocolo said the farm, located opposite the Canfield exhibition grounds, is open seven days a week all summer for visitors. Also twice a month in the summer there will be 45 minute tractor and wagon rides around the property and to see the century old barn off Leffingwell Road as well as stables for poultry and horses.

“It’s been a few years since 4,000 to 5,000 people stop for a four-hour period,” Zocolo said.

Austintown’s Olivia Griffith said her son, Zackary, 1, loves animals, especially horses and cows.

“He’s so excited to see the animals, I used to come here when I was little when they had the baby shower. It’s his first time coming here. The whole family is here,” she said. declared.

Griffith said Zackary’s second birthday will have a barnyard theme.

Frank Lanterman of Austintown, Zackary’s grandfather, said: “This is a great event. Children see animals on television and do not interact with them. This allows them to interact with the animals and see them up close.

Boardman’s Tug and Suzie Sanner brought their twin sons, Beau and Keegan, 2, to the event.

“It’s the first time we’ve all been here. We want to feed the baby animals,” Suzie Sanner said.

Beau said his favorite animal was piglets.

Canfield’s Karen Hartman had her two children, Bronson, 6, and Kaelyn, 4, at the event.

“We wanted to stop by today and see all the baby animals,” she said, noting that her kids love the little pygmy goats.

Jamie Yohman, director of community engagement for Mill Creek MetroParks, said the event is popular every year.

“Baby animals are always a big draw. People love to see them. Tractor and wagon rides are new. We educate people about the history of the farm, the crops and the animals,” she said.

There were long lines of people waiting to get on the wagon.

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