Small animal and ranch market to be held in Ferndale

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

There will be a small animal and ranch market in Ferndale Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dairy Judging Building at the fairgrounds. This is an annual event that used to be run by Sarah Shevett, but this year Becca Ackley is taking it over in hopes to continue Shevett's work to provide a place for breeders and small ranchers to share their work.

The event will play host to goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits, farm fresh eggs, manure, veggie starts, wool, and an equipment exchange. The equipment exchange is an opportunity to sell or trade equipment that vendors are not using anymore for equipment they might need.

There is a $10 vendor fee for the event. This fee covers the rental and insurance expenses. There is hope to continue this event annually with consideration of doing it more often based on demand.

"There are a lot of small animal owners who breed and then do not know what to do with the animals or where to find a breeder. It is hard to use Craigslist at times and so this puts us all in one place," said Ackley.

The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to come learn about the different small ranch type animals. Breeders are available to provide information to raise your own animal purchased from the event.

For more information about the market, contact Becca Ackley at 502-4144.