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When Stew's Little Farms open for the season at the Norwalk and Danbury, Conn. and Yonkers, N.Y. locations this Saturday, there will be some new arrivals. For the first time, the popular petting zoos will feature calves, kids, and lambs between the ages of two and four weeks old. In honor of the additions, each Little Farm will host a "Name our Baby Farm Animals" contest and special opening celebration.
The Saturday celebration at each location will take place from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M., coinciding with the arrival of two calves, two kids, and two lambs, and featuring costumed characters, snacks, and giveaways. At the celebrations, winners of the "Name our Baby Farm Animals" contests will be revealed and given prizes, in addition to getting their picture taken with the animal they named and the farmer who raised the animal.
Children ages 4 to 12 may take part in the contest by visiting any of the Little Farms through April 25, viewing photos of the animals slated to arrive, and dropping their chosen names into the suggestion box.
"For many families it is a tradition to visit Stew's Little Farm each time they shop the store," noted c.e.o. Stew Leonard, Jr. "With baby animals on the farms, kids can watch them grow and mature between visits."
In mid-May two-to-four week old baby chicks, ducks, and turkeys will join the baby animals already in place at each petting zoo. The calves will be returned to the farms they were born on in mid-July, as they will have become too big for the Little Farms, and be replaced with new calves.
The baby animals were all born on and provided by local Connecticut farms. During their stay at Stew's Little Farms, the animals receive regular veterinary checkups, are tended by full-time attendants, and fed twice daily. Visitors may watch the animals being fed.
Other new features at the Little Farms for the 2008 season include the installation of oscillating fans to increase ventilation, the enhancement of the nutrition content of the animal feed, the completion of comprehensive cleaning and basic repairs, and the fortification of the Danbury Little Farm with sturdier fencing and an upgraded waterway.
Stew's Little Farm began when Stew Leonard Sr. bought land from a woman for his expanding dairy business and promised to build a farm on it for her sheep, adding goats, ducks, and chickens, and eventually expanding the idea to other locations.
Stew Leonard's has four stores in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn. and Yonkers, N.Y.