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Re: Plow Day questions

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LA in WI

04-09-2013 21:57:38

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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.

Our rules:
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'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

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04-10-2013 08:30:33

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 Re: Plow Day questions in reply to LA in WI, 04-09-2013 21:57:38  
LA in WI - I know you are right about the big machinery, but let me just say that I host a plow day usually every year in Kansas. This past year a couple different guys practically made a mess. One was plowing about 1" deep with an old JD plow, and the other didn't have a stop on his and he went from 2" down to 10" or so, and then back to 2" etc. LOL! I kept thinking, oh well, I'll straighten it out later. No doubt my bigger machinery smoothed everything out in a couple of passes, but MAN it was ROUGH getting it smoothed back out! LOL! I'm like you though, I try to make sure everyone has fun. That is what it is all about. Bob

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04-10-2013 05:36:22

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 Re: Plow Day questions in reply to LA in WI, 04-09-2013 21:57:38  
Hi Lowell, the information you have given , sounds like a pretty interesting day. Wish I was closer so I could be there to enjoy.
Cheers, Murray

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04-10-2013 07:50:59

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 Re: Plow Day questions in reply to murray2, 04-10-2013 05:36:22  
Hi Murray,

I"m watching our tree branches bending down with ice accumulation; 30F and misting so the ice keeps getting worse. No snow yet, just lots of ice.

Plow days: In my area we just get together, drop our plows in the ground, and then it is just follow-the-leader for the most part. It is not a contest, just a fun day.

I went to the Ontario Plowmen"s Association plowing event near Waterloo, Ontario last Sept. It was a real learning experience as they follow strict rules with different types of plows, how long they allow plowing, with judges scoring how perfect the furrows are turned, how straight the furrows, etc. That type of plowing is based on world-wide contest rules.

I admired the competitiveness, and at the same time the friendliness of the entrants. It seemed like long-time friends getting together like some sort of fraternity.

It looked to me that to win you needed a good Massey Harris #26 plow and a nice Massey Harris tractor; that brand was by far the most popular.

Hope to see you again sometime.

LA in WI

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