The gates to P&G Farms were swung wide open to the public for the first time ever a week ago last Saturday. Well, maybe not ever because there’s been a few church groups and such that have done their Fall Color tours here but the shin-dig last Saturday was on a much larger scale complete with regional advertising and radio promo’s.
*Ha! Quick side note, Todd thought after his Budweiser Clydesdale days were over he would be done with doing radio spots. Nope!
So once a year for the past five or maybe it’s six years now, the Farm Bureau for Northern Michigan puts on what they call Agriculture Day to educate the public about farming in general. Every year they select a different farm to host it. Last year it was a dairy/cherry tree operation, this year it was us.
So before I go getting ahead of myself I want to show you all the work I did getting ready for this deal.
Well, what I mean is…
As anyone knows, getting a place ready for a “party” is a lot of work and a lot of work was involved here at P&G Farms, a.k.a. Glenview Clydesdales, just very little by me personally. I did get some pictures of the prep-process and I’ll show you that first.
Like every summer, the fences on this place get a yearly paint job.
It’s a lot of fence as you guys have certainly seen from past blog postings I’ve done regarding the beautiful grounds on which we live.
The yearly fence painting chore was a bit accelerated this year and at times it was even down to being a one man job cause we had various “hurry up and get that done” projects that we needed other guys/girls working on for the Ag Day deal.
The front pasture was turned into a “parking lot” for our guests but first it needed to be mowed down to a more presentable level.
ALL the rigs…
and golf carts were washed.
Plus all the mowers, trailers, semi’s and tractors.
Oh and horses.
Okay, essentially anything that they could get to stand still got a bath. And yes that means all 30 head of Clydesdales with them wonderful white legs of theirs.
And you know, that I now know, first hand how much stinkin’ work that is. And they weren’t doing it in 92 degree weather either.
As you can imagine there were an awful lot of awesome employees who went home from work either coated in black fence paint or soaking wet every day that last week or so before Ag Day.
Yup, the barn gets vacuumed everyday after the stalls are cleaned and that Saturday morning it probably got and extra pass or two, just to make sure it was spotless.
Indy, my Quarter horse, was sooo ready for some attention, because like, nobody ever pets him or gives him squat around here.
Little did he know he was gonna get turned out for the duration of the day and that was grand with him and Smoke (my other Quarter horse). It was a “graze-fest” for those two and a nice trade off to people attention.
The morning before, the tables and chairs, grill and what-not arrived via the caterer.
And set up in the machine shop.
The day of…signs were rigged up and put up along the road.
Beans to go with the brats, coleslaw and chips were set to warming.
And a last minute team meeting was conducted by the Farm Bureau folks.
The token two things I did personally were the fall flower arrangements in the whiskey barrels and…
lots of help…a total revamp of the old grain wagon display near the front of the property.
It went from that…
The sign on the wagon is so weathered that it’s hard to read, so I’ll tell you what it says:
P & G Farms – Glen & Pat Perkins – Est. 1997
Jake did his part in setting up some displays too.
This is his tractor, a 1957 Allis Chalmers CA. It was displayed to the left of the grain wagon, just across one of the driveway roads.
The other display he “spear-headed” was: Farming Operation – Station #6.
A few fence posts were taken out of a paddock that sits between the shop, carriage barn and horse barn to get the equipment in for display. Jake had it all worked out on paper where he thought everything should go. The everything was:
The row crop equipment consisting of the combine with corn head attached, the grain cart and the corn planter. The haying equipment consisting of the cutter, the maserator (a new hay conditioner implement from Canada that has saved our behinds this past summer), the wheel rake, the baler and the hay grabbers. Rounding it out were the four different mowers we use for grounds maintenance.
Max, after thorough inspection of absolutely everything was so totally exhausted that he had to catch a quick nap before the masses started to arrive at 11a.m.
A “Part Two” on all that up next!