In reference to K.C. Summers' "How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Back Into Town" [Weekend, September 8], I'd like to make sure Frying Pan Park receives full credit for what it does have to offer.
It's true we operate with an extremely limited staff and budget and cannot yet provide as many exciting activities as other farm parks, but Frying Pan has a slightly different emphasis. In addition to the "barns," "stables," "pastures," "crops," "scarecrows," "silky-haired goats," "sheep who say 'baah'" and "pigs wallowing in the mud like hippopotamuses," which we have too , we also include an equestrian center with barns and show rings that are regularly used by local community groups and for national horse shows. The center is the site of the annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair. The farm also has a historic blacksmith shop where lessons in ornamental blacksmithing are held. . . School groups who prearrange visits may take part in a variety of activities including milking a cow, collecting eggs, shelling corns or learning about old farm machinery. During the summer 26 teenage volunteers put in some 1,300 hours learning to take part in all the farm chores from gardening to milking . . .