APPLE BLOSSOM PLOW DAYS
Each spring during apple blossom time in mid May, we host ‘Apple Blossom Plow Days’. This annual event draws spectators from all around the area to watch our fields being plowed by horses. Many of our horse loving friends bring their teams of horses to help out in the plowing. We often have up to 15 teams of draft horses of all kinds, mules or donkeys that do the plowing. They are hitched in teams of 2,3,4 or even 6 horses to get the job done. The two types of plows that are often used are either a walking plow or a riding plow. The walking plow has one “bottom” and two handles. The farmer must hold the lines to the horses and balance the plow while walking behind the horses. The riding (sulky) plow has wheels and one seat. The farmer rides on the plow while holding the lines and driving the horses. Plowing either way is quite a work-out and very entertaining to watch.
To find out more about draft horses and how they work, our farm is open to the public to watch the plowing on the weekend following Mother’s Day each year. We are open 10am-noon and 1:00-5pm on Saturday and 10am-noon on Sunday. The only activities open will be the petting zoo and the plowing. We may offer free hayrides if weather permits. There is no fee for this event.
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