THE LOCATION: Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue
THE PERSON: Annamarie Solomonson, Kelsey Creek Farm Supervisor
THE STORY: Bellevue has some pretty neat city parks, but there’s only one where you can watch a sheep being sheared, learn to ride a horse, and meet a 750 pound hog. Kelsey Creek Farm opened to the public in 1972 and it continues to offer free farmyard experiences for families in the region. Farm supervisor Annamarie Solomonson grew up near Chimucum and has been working with animals her whole life. For her, the job is all about making sure everyone has the chance to experience a little slice of the country life.
QUOTABLE: “The animals are always out in the pasture, so it’s kind of like a treasure hunt when you’re going around looking for the different farm animals.” —Annamarie Solomonson
FUN FACT: In the 1920s and 30s, Kelsey Creek Farm (then called Twin Valley Farm) delivered 300 quarts of milk a day to Bellevue residents. Those were some busy cows (and farmers).
CHECK IT OUT: There’s lots of activity on the farm any day of the week.Visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., but for the serious hayseed don’t miss the April 27 sheep shearing event. Expect food, crafts, and of course, some impressive sheep handling.