Lambs Farm, located near Libertyville (Chicagoland area), is primarily a children’s attraction, complete with a petting farm and putt-putt course, that serves as funding for a nonprofit. The location also boasts a thrift shop, a restaurant and a pet shop. All of these facilities benefit the individuals with developmental disabilities that the program serves.
Here’s a video the organization produced that explains more:
I don’t know how Lambs Farm came to own Bessie and the Paul Bunyan Muffler Man that now have a place of honor in the petting farm and none of the locals I asked could tell the tale. That said, I loved the fact that this particular Muffler Man had his axe in hand and, visible from nearby I-94, was still urging drivers to come see what lies at his feet.
Bessie also remains useful — not only as traveler eye candy, but as the region’s largest bird house. Small sparrows peeked from her cracked top, making it difficult to get a shot without one of them.
Touring the petting farm that houses the duo will set you back $5. A round of putt-putt or a twirl on the carousel will cost a bit more, but it is all for a worthy cause. If you feel you need to do some more to help out, take a stroll through the adjacent gift shop and pick up a toy for some lucky youngster in your life.
The petting farm educates about livestock and provides some of the most gentle for ogling and, yes, touching. As a reminder: goats really will eat everything. Please don’t say you weren’t warned.
A few other non-living beasts reside around the farm, silently waiting for a child that needs his/her picture taken.