Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Our visit to the Horse Progress Days

posted by Todd
Last fall I took a day and went to the Farm Progress Show.  It was really interesting to see all the new farm equipment and lastest in agri-techonology.  On Friday I went to Clare, Michigan for something that was all together different, the Horse Progress Days.  This show is for those who use animals to power the farm.  Now you might think who still does that?  Surprisingly, there are a lot of people who use draft power on small farms.  There was also a large representation from Amish communities. The idea of the show is to have all the new equipment that is being made for draft power on display and demonstrated in the fields.  For those who love seeing big horses this was a real treat.  From 8 horse plowing teams to one horse lawn mowers every job on the farm was represented.  They even had treadmills that powered log spliters and water pumps.  It was like stepping back in time while still having a foot in today.  Next year the show moves to Arcola, Illinois on July 5-6th and I would highly recommend putting this on your calendar.  One other treat I forgot to mention, Amish food and homemade ice cream!