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A day off the farm

Humboldt Care Center’s South and North facilities celebrate farmer day with an animal parade

May 15, 2020
By KRISS NELSON - Farm News editor ( , Farm News


HUMBOLDT A horse, sheep, goats and a calf aren't your typical site in the town of Humboldt, but were just a few of the animals that made up the animal parade at the Humboldt Care Center's South and North facilities Monday.

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Amy Townsend leads a calf during the farm animal parade.

National Skilled Nursing Care Week, which was formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, is being recognized May 10-16.

To help commemorate, the Humboldt Care Center facilities are celebrating each day with a different theme and Monday's theme was "Farmer Day."

"We come up with a different theme every day," said Jessica HabHab, activity director of Humboldt Care Center South.

When they came up with the idea of "Farmer Day" and the potential of an animal parade, they reached out to Tracie Phillips of Davis Dairy near Humboldt.

"We got a hold of Tracie and she made this whole thing happen," said HabHab.

Phillips said she called on several volunteers to bring in their animals and everyone she called was onboard with the idea.

"I started calling and no one turned me down," she said. "They all said they would be here."

The animal parade isn't the first time Davis Dairy has helped to showcase agriculture.

A long-standing tradition of "Davis Dairy Days," which is held annually each spring, was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For several years the event was held on the Davis' family farm. In recent years, it has been moved to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds where they host close to 400 children each year.

Because the Davis Dairy Days wasn't held this year, Phillips knew she could call on those volunteers that have helped out in the past to make this a special day for the residents.

Phillips helped to coordinate sheep, a dog, chickens, a Clydesdale horse, a calf, a rabbit, a goat, a duckling and a gosling to participate in the parade. A cow, pig, chicken and rabbit mascots were also on hand to help entertain the residents and help lead the animals.

"Our residents are so excited, they are sitting by their windows waiting," said HabHab.

The animal parade may have had a little more meaning to it this year due to the isolation the residents have been put under due to COVID-19.

"Due to the COVID situation, they are stuck in their rooms, with no visitors. We walk daily, but they don't get to see their family unless it's through a window," said HabHab. "This is something to brighten up their day to give them more hope that we are going to get through this and there is light at the end of the tunnel."

Phillips said she hoped the animal parade brought some joy to the residents.

"We just want to give them something to look at and to know there are people that do care," she said.



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