Posted Monday, April 16th, 2018
Join a Fun and Truly Unique Experience. Great for Kids, too!
On Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate spring, and follow the steps to turn fleece into woolen fiber at the annual “Born to Be Shorn” event held at the Morris County Park Commission’s Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township.
Experience a live sheep shearing as it was done in the past without using electricity, and watch as each sheep gets its own ‘haircut’ to remove its woolen fleece, which has grown thick since last spring.
Learn how fleece is then processed into woolen fibers and fashions. Weather permitting, watch as plain fleece turns brilliant, natural colors as it’s dyed in a pot over an open fire.
Enjoy fun, hands-on activities, such as weaving, spinning, and crafting, and visit the cute, baby lambs. Top off the day with a tour of the 1826 water-powered Cooper Gristmill – the only fully water-powered gristmill in New Jersey that still produces flour and meal.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (age 65+), and $1 for children ages 4 through 16. Children under age 4 are admitted FREE. Friends members are half-price with a current membership card. For more information and directions to Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township, visit, morrisparks.net, or call 908.879.5463.
The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 19,653 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of