We soon will have our 7th annual plow day. Last year 55 tractors were plowing and 5 more were doing tillage work. We draw 150+ spectators, and the local 4-H sells the food and drinks; the kids love it as it gives them the experience of working with the public, how to count change and they make a good profit for their club.
1. All tractors have to be 1959 or older.
2. No passengers on tractors allowed.
3. No tailgating or hot-rodding.
4. You must have fun!
(1. Otherwise huge tractors with huge plows show up and the ground is plowed in a few minutes. We don't have large fields available.)
(2. We are strong on safety, and our drivers cooperate with us....liability issues are scary).
(3. Anybody wanting to show-off is sent home, we want a safe enjoyable day....and that is what we have...see #4.)
I ask many plow drivers to spend 1/2 hr to 1 hr in pulling "people mover" wagons and driving loader tractors....rarely get turned down. People like to help where they can.
Host farmer doesn't care much about some plows not set right....today's big equipment smooths out everything in one pass anyway.
Tractor drivers pay $5 entry fee which pays for porta pottie rentals. Drivers use their own fuel.
We do not set up near farm bldgs, we use field driveways down the road. Our local newspaper and radio station get involved with free advertizing and they attend the plow day and interview people. Sheriff sends a deputy to slow road traffic going by.
A local man makes an excellent 1/2 hr video, we sell them for $10 and the proceeds go to food pantries and other ag related donations.
With good weather, we might hit 60+ plowing this year. It's grown into an area high-lite for Spring.
But you have to have people involved who know how to set rules and people who like to follow them. People like to go to safe and enjoyable events.
I am proud of our local group!
LA in WI