Posted by Leroy on January 04, 2013 at 07:04:09 from (184.108.40.206):
In Reply to: Re: Plow day posted by James of Stark on January 04, 2013 at 06:20:52:
That is not too small depending on how you do it. You do not have to go to all the things said. Do not try to have the whole county or state involved. Are there any local tractor clubs that you can become a member of? That would be first step. Then work with that one and only that one club to put it on. The clubs generaly have the insurance that covers any club sponsered activity so that should be covered. Then by limiting it to only the local club members you do not have to have hundreds of acres to have a good time and tell them ahead of time you only have a small amount of acreage so please only 1 to 3 bottom plows and no 4 bottom or up plows. And as yet I have to hear of any club sponsered plow day that the fuel is furnished but we do not have them where the whole country is invited. And for you that would make a good club activity and give the club something to do. On the food as it is a charitable situation have the club furnish burgers for the members only and just set up a grill in the field. And do not notify the media about it, when it is over just send in a write up with a couple of pictures. You do not want loads of people just comming to look. The extra people would just get in the way and increase the need for the insurance. You say you have 3 small fields so lay the one out for the plowers with 12" plows,anouther for the 14" plows and the third for the 16" plows, that way you will not have big furrows and ridges for every time a 16" plow tries to follow a 12" or the other way around. And being a charitable donation for the club it would give them good publicity after it is done but do not get anyone other than the one local club involved. All plow days around here are never publicized to anybody but club members, it is not designed to be a show but for enjoyment of a few and in your case doing a good deed for the public. Ask some that do not want to bring a plow that may not even own a plow to come and hook to a disk or cultimulcher to get it ready for the seeding. If you can have extra tractors and machinery avaible for the members that might not own something a chance to participate. For restroom have somebody that has a camper park it there for that and as a base for the grill to serve the food. I hosted one several years ago when I still had the farm and it was only about 25 acres and it was not all plowed that day even with some 4 bottom plows comming. And I did not have a loader tractor and only one person had a problem with unloading or loading his plow and that was because he was just with age and health problems last time he ever was able to pull a plow and the other members jumped in to handle it for him. You may not get it ready for seeding all in one day so plan it for 2 days in your case and the members that could not make it one day have a chance to help on the other day. Any more questions just ask. You do need a place for the guys to park there trailers as well.
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