Alpacas arrive at Sibley Park Farm – Sheep arrive tonight
By Joe Steck – Mankato Times
MANKATO, MINN. — The Sibley Park Farm is starting to fill up this spring for all to enjoy. This morning, two Alpacas were brought to the Farm from Charles Schroeder’s Lazy Day Farm in North Mankato. Sheep are scheduled to be brought into the farm at 6:00 pm tonight.
Kaitlin Carter brought her children Elise, Pierce and Bergen to Sibley Park and were excited to see the Alpaca – but were really looking forward to seeing the sheep tonight.
“We have a flock of stuffed sheep at home,” said Carter “The kids really like them and Elise said she is going to bring one tonight when the sheep arrive.”
The Alpaca will be shaved in May and the hair will be used to make clothing such as socks, scarves and hats.
Visitors can walk through red barn-style buildings to view farm animals which include; Ayrshire Cattle, Alpaca, Pygmy Goats, Miniature Horses, Sheep, Pot-bellied Pigs, Turkey, Pheasants, Ducks, Chickens, Geese, Peafowl and Koi. Kids will also enjoy the farmstead themed playground after viewing the animals.
Sibley Farm is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from mid-spring, summer to early fall.
Sibley Farm was made possible in part through a generous donation of $200,000 by the Al and Erla Fallenstein fund through the Mankato Area Foundation. An additional donation of $10,000 from the Richard Salet Trust helped procure zoo animals and maintain facilities. Anonymous donations have also benefited Sibley Park..
Sibley park is located at 900 Mound Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001. Learn more by visiting www.mankatomn.gov/city-services-a-z/city-services-n-z/parks/sibley-park