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Snow Forces Living History Farms to Close

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by Phil Prazan



This snow meant the spring season was rather short–lived for one central Iowa attraction; Living History Farms.

They just opened Wednesday and already–they had to close back down because of winter's unwelcome return.

One thing's for sure, beside the sound of wind, that place was quiet.

 On any normal day this place would be a racket, with kids getting hands on experience, seeing what life was like for early Iowa settlers.

But now Thursday, it was kind of lonely.

Twenty six school groups were scheduled to bring hundreds of kids there, until mother nature put the quash on that.  It would have been day two for the farm's season.

So the hum of tractors giving tours is replaced by animals looking pretty bored.  4th graders from Ankeny now have to finish some Iowa history courses indoor, at least for a couple days.

 "When it's raining and snowing, it's probably not the best for anybody's health and it's not very conducive to learning," says Jarrett Peterson from Ankeny Community School District.

 "Never in our history have we experience snow in May that's forced us to close," says Ruth Haus, Living History Farms President.

 Those students do get to reschedule their field trip.


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