So, friends and family, this is a continuation of Part One on Northern Michigan Agriculture Day that was held Saturday, September 24, right here on P&G Farms.
The Farm Bureau members had a private showing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then the general public could come at their leisure anytime after that.
This is Laddie and Finnegan taking the first shift to bring guests in from…
the front pasture, a.k.a., the “Parking Lot”.
Some people, like these two hams and…
other people, who I don’t think are hams, opted to walk in but…
most didn’t pass up a ride on the wagon. In this shot Ben and Harley are doing the honors.
And in this shot….not sure, I think it might be the same team.
One thing I am sure of is some horses had the job of walking around looking pretty while demonstrating how a Clydesdale horse mows/grazes down a paddock. Other horses, like these two…
once having picked up those guests, delivered them to the drop-off spot west of the shop also known as…
Station #1 is where each group of guests were welcomed, given a quick history of the farm and then a run down of what was in store for them.
And what was that?
Well, we had “Stations” set up in close proximity to one another, six of them actually, that folks could walk from one to the other. There was a person at each station giving a talk and answering questions…then from Station #1 people could….Uh, well…I’ll just show you how it went…
Station #2 “Show Harnesses – Wagons – Stall Decorating”
This is a heated building that we refer to as the Carriage Barn. Sounds kinda hoity-toity but it’s the best description for it really. It holds all the horse drawn vehicles and then some.
These are only four of the ten portable stalls we have, complete with fabric decorations attached. All ten break down and fit in the semi for transport when needed. The stalls shown here were just set up for demo purposes and don’t ordinarily reside in this spot. Why? Because where they are sitting is the indoor wash rack for the horses. I suppose if we left these set up they’d be…”Shower stalls”! Hahaha. Ok, not that funny.
The rest of the items like the show wagon and show harness (not pictured) gave people an idea what it would look like if they saw Glenview Clydesdales at a horse show or state fair.
*Yup, those are the wagon wheels I picked up this past spring down in Shipshewana, Indiana. I did a short post on that trip. Click: here if you haven’t already seen it – It’s not to be missed cause it’s just sooo exciting. If you like too many close-up pictures of wagon wheels and whiskey barrels and Amish buggies that post is a must see.
Station #3 (Sorry no sign) “Transportation”
Why I got a picture of only one semi I have no idea. There’s two. The black one is for the horses and that rig can carry up to twelve head but usually just carries nine. Pictured in the background is one of the gooseneck “run-around” trailers.
Then the other one is the Equipment Semi, you can just see the tail end of it to the left – it’s a white trailer but also has a matching black Peterbilt tractor attached. It can carry four head plus equipment. It usually just carries everything but the horses (equipment and wagon) to the shows and parades.
Station #4. Again no picture of the sign but I can tell you what went on here.
This was the area where the day to day care of the horses was discussed and all that is involved with that. Like brushing, clipping, bathing, etc. You know, kinda like a day-spa experience for equines. Where these girls are working is our outdoor wash-rack, it’s located under the over hang of the horse barn.
Station #5. Yah, again – no sign. Guess I need a little more practice at these event gigs. Anyway, at this station there was a talk given on the feeding requirements of these horses…all thirty-one head of Clyde’s and two quarter horses…
plus, who gets turned out in what paddock and for how long each day….that kind of thing.
Then there was also a braiding demonstration going on there inside the barn. It was given by the owners granddaughter…
*I can’t help but notice the non-decorating items on this cart…”Breakfast of Champions” Mikena?
We used a few different teams that day to bring the guests in and she braided and decorated every team that got hitched up.
*Shown above is switching out Laddie & Finney for Ben & Harley.
It was excellent braiding practice for her but she was one sore handed girl by the end of the day!
The folks were left to wander the barn and pet the horses that were selected to stay in and do the “meet and greet”. It was rough, let me tell you…all that attention. Whew, what a work-out.
Last but not least…
Station #6 “Farming Operation – Grain, Hay & Grounds Maintenance”
I pretty much explained all about this area…
in Part One but…
I failed to mention that a few of the tractors were left unlocked so young and old alike could climb inside and sit in the cabs if they wanted to.
*Pictured is the tractor I drive the most, well, when I’m cutting hay. Otherwise, I run one of the small lawn tractor mowers that’s no bigger than its front tire.
That being said, the big draw wasn’t the semi’s in Station #3 or the tractors and implements at Station #6…
You’re surprised right?
No, of course you aren’t.
Yah, the thing that impressed everyone the most wasn’t the machinery and such, it was the old time farming equipment: the horses.
So after our guests, last count was easily 500 people, had their brats, chips, baked beans and coleslaw (the brats were awesome…the best I’ve ever, ever had) and when they were ready to leave, they were taken back out to the parking lot via that horse drawn wagon.
It was a fun day for all of us and what started out as an iffy, cloudy, damp, 52 degree morning just happened to turn into a gorgeous 65+ degree day by 2 p.m. I guess you could say it was a perfect example of a typical American farming day: you just never know what kind of weather you’re gonna get from one day to the next, or one hour to the next…
I have a feeling it was just perfect for Ag Day!