Back in time at the Kelley Farm

John Hanson sheared a sheep by hand Sunday at the Kelley Farm.

Staff sheared sheep by hand and plowed a field using a team of oxen as part of Farm Animal Weekend, June 4-5, at the historic Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River.
Father’s Day Weekend is coming up June 18-19 at the farm. Fathers will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying child of any age.
Join the Kelley Farm staff that weekend as they work on typical 19th-century “fancy chores.” Help build feed boxes, repair equipment or fences, and care for the livestock. In the farmhouse, fragrant sweets will be baking.

Toby and Coulter, the Kelley Farm's oxen, plowed with a one-bottom plow Sunday at the historic farm. Lance Tlusty (right) is the teamster, Rich Craycraft (center, back) is the plow man.

The horse-drawn trolley will take visitors for rides along the nature trails.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 18 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 19.
Fee is $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 ages 6-17.
The farm is located along Highway 10, 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River. For more information, call 763-441-6896 or go to


A team of oxen plowed a field Sunday at the Oliver Kelley Farm.

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