The 3rd Annual Ball Hollow GTtalk Plow Day was a terrific event. We have been trying our best to make it down to Daniel's (aka olcowhand) for the last two years and just haven't been able to pull it off. I was bound and determined to make it happen this year. I figured if anything we could at least drive the car down to be a little more economical.
This year was to also be a Bush Hog garden tractor reunion. Needless to say I really wanted to take one of my Bush Hogs down to the plow day. I also had some items here for Daniel from when we made the trip up to Canada to pick up my Bush Hog HD-12. I Managed to get everything lined up and with our fingers crossed our old F-150 made the trip with the 16' trailer in tow. We had the Bush Hog HD-12, a farm tractor sized two bottom three point plow for Daniel, and a 3pt Brinly 12" plow to sell to another fellow that was looking for one.
We tried to keep it a secret about making it down there to surprise Daniel but with a few guys not being able to make the trip I decided to let Daniel know we were going to make it. I didn't have our room booked until Tuesday the week of the plow day. Had everything loaded on the trailer by Wednesday night. We went to work Thursday morning and were planning on taking a nap once we got home and leaving out by 2am. Till we got everything loaded in the truck, I decided to just head out at 9:30 that night. Figured we could pull off somewhere along the way to take a short rest.
We made it four hours into the trip and stopped at a rest area. Tried to kick back in a regular cab truck. It lasted for about 3 minutes and we were back on the road again. We were able to make the trip straight through with a couple of stops for gas. Pulled in at plow day around 10am. A couple of guys had already been there and dropped their stuff off. We went up to Daniel's farm to see everything and hauled one of his Bush Hog Jabalina's down to the field.
We had a wonderful time getting to talk with Daniel and Teresa before people started showing up for the weekend. Friday was mostly spent with everyone hanging out in between getting their plows setup. What was even better was it was so laid back and enjoyable. We got quite a few videos and pictures on Friday along with trying something new with aerial photography. Things didn't go as well as planned with the quad copter, mainly with the gimbal which holds the camera steady. I did manage to get some still photos which are with the other pictures we took in the gallery. With pulling an all nighter getting there we called it a day around 4 in the afternoon.
Felt much better for Saturday after getting some sleep. Just like Friday another awesome day of plowing and shooting the breeze. Decent bit of plowing was done before lunch. Once lunchtime came Teresa made some awesome chili and we all had time to sit and relax under the trees. Daniel's grandson Case helped pull the names for the prizes. One of the items which were being given away was a Brinly 10" sleeve hitch plow. Huge shout out to Brinly for the donation. Daniel also had some cool shirts made up for sale and also gave a few away for prizes.
After the giveaways we got everyone together for a group photo and then back at it with more plowing. With this being a Bush Hog reunion we needed to get all of the Bush Hog garden tractors together for some photos. We believe this is the only time other than at the factory that this many Bush Hog garden tractors have been brought together by more than one collector from different states. We also believe it is the first time that there has ever been four Bush Hog HD-12 tractors at one event.
[attachment=128067:Bush Hog group photo.jpg] [attachment=128068:Bush Hog HD-12 group photo.jpg]We had an awesome time and are already making plans for next year. The area of Kentucky that Daniel lives in is a beautiful area. We have actually talked about wanting to move there once the kids are out of school. Also found out that Bourbon Fest was the same weekend as the plow day. Depending how things shake down for next year I think we might be staying down for a full week.
I can't thank Daniel, Teresa and their family enough for their hospitality and for putting together such an event. It takes time and a lot of effort. I Also want to thank all of you that made it to the plow day and I also want to thank my wonderful wife Erica for being there and being so supportive. It was terrific getting to meet even more new faces and seeing familiar ones again. If you are able to make the trip to the Ball Hollow plow day it should definitely be on your short list.
If you would like to check out all of the photos that we took you can view them in the album below:
Below is the video that we took which is posted on our Youtube channel TractorTalk:
You can also check out the forum thread from this years past event here: Ball Hollow GTtalk Plow Day and Bush Hog Reunion
- Sep 27, 2014 12:23 PM
- by NUTNDUN
The 2nd Annual Ball Hollow GTtalk plow day is soon approaching. Our resident farmer Daniel (olcowhand) did a terrific job last year throwing his first ever garden tractor plow day. He is doing it again this year and we are looking forward to seeing everyone. If you would like to check out more information about the plow day you can visit the forum thread at: http://gardentractor...owgtt-plow-day/
So far the current date is set for September 21st. Please visit the forum thread for more information or if you plan on attending let Daniel know how many people and tractors so he has a proper head count.
- Sep 04, 2013 06:13 PM
- by NUTNDUN
The temperatures were a little on the cool side, (I don't think it climbed much out of the 40's all day) but Daniel, being the gracious host, gathered up some wood and started a couple of fires to keep folks warm and to thaw them out when they weren't plowing.
The food was fantastic! There were some donuts and coffee to start the day off right. Teresa (Dan's wife) and Fred (member Meangreen) whipped up a couple of batches of chili that were hot, delicious, and well received! There were also some hot dogs as well as Nabisco snacks provided by member Robert Webb. Did I mention the awesome deserts that were available for perusal? There were pies and a beautiful cake to feast on after lunch!
The ground was in near perfect form despite a days worth of rain leading up to that very morning. Very few rocks were encountered (although an axe head and an old horse shoe did get turned up LOL)
All told, there were 46 people in attendance and 8 states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky) and one Province (Ontario) represented! There were 19 tractors plowing and approximately 15 acres turned! I'm sure that a good time was had by all!
If you missed the fun this year, don't worry. Daniel has promised that it will be the first of many as he plans to make it an annual event!
- Jan 01, 2013 10:23 AM
- by caseguy
We headed out around 9am Friday morning and got up there a little after 11am. Huge thanks to the guys from the site who helped us get unloaded and get the tent setup. We had a lot of fun joking around because I had thrown out the instructions for how to setup the tent so we had a little of a slow start getting it setup but it didn't take long for all of us to assemble.
On Friday they started plowing around 2pm at the fields across the street. It did not take long until all of the fields across the street were plowed and they took a short break and did the 50/50 tickets and most grabbed a bite to eat. After the break they opened the field all the way down by the river. Once that field was plowed everyone called it a night. There were approximately 70 tractors that plowed on Friday and 30 acres that were plowed.
We stayed at the Red Roof Inn along with a couple of our GTtalk members. After wrapping up for the night we went out to dinner at Quaker Steak and Lube. I gotta say I was impressed with the place considering that was my first time ever eating at one. We got to get some of the usual bs'ing in as always. I also took a pic with my phone of the Farmall they had right at the entrance inside.
Saturday was a really busy day. There were 200 garden tractors total registered and plowing. The green and yellow John Deere tractors far out numbered all of the other brands but it was nice to see almost all brands represented and plowing. There were a couple of Sears, couple of Wheel Horses and Cub Cadets, along with quite a few Massey's and we can't forget the one AMF. There was also an Allis Chalmers or two and also a terrific Case 155.
Plowing commenced a little after 9am on Saturday morning after a plowing meeting. After the meeting adjourned all of the tractors were off to the races to start plowing. I didn't take as many pictures and video as I did last year. Part of it was because I did plow more this year then I did last year and I also spent more time getting to talk to everyone.
It is amazing the difference it makes having your plow setup correctly. There were various types of plows in use from the John Deere 3pt plows, Brinly sleeve hitch plows, custom two bottom plows and Brinly 3pt plows. I had the Brinly 3pt plow on my Massey 1655 and Dad had his Brinly sleeve hitch plow on his Bolens 1000. I had some tinkering on my plow that I did on Friday but it wasn't going deep enough and I ran out of time to adjust it and try it so I waited until Saturday to do the final settings.
We did however get dad's Brinly setup on the Bolens on Friday. At first he was plowing in 3rd gear on the low side but his plow point was down too far. Also the sleeve hitch was pinned on the upper holes putting the hitch down too far and making it accumulate all of the trash. We put the hitch on the lower pins and adjust the plow to pull the point up some and it was plowing great in 2nd on the hi side.
It wasn't much after noon on Saturday when everything was plowed. The front field closest to the registration booth was plowed last for some better pictures to be taken. Also some of the fields that were already done they allowed the guys back in to flip the furrows the other way so they could still plow some more. Once all plowing was finished around 1pm they did another 50/50 drawing and everyone hung out for a while with some more bs'ing and tractor stories.
This was the best year yet for PA Plow Day since I have been going. Even with the staff being short handed they did a terrific job at keeping things moving and organized. Hats off to the staff for doing such a great job. I am already looking forward to next year and I promise I will take more pics and video next year. Hopefully we will get to see some more of you guys at other shows throughout the year. Until then.... learn, share and have fun
You can check out all of the pictures that were taken from the plow day in the gallery at: 7th Annual PA Plow Day and to see what everyone has been posting about you can check out the 7th Annual PA Plow Day forum thread.
Here is the video I put together from what I took at the plow day:
- Dec 21, 2014 04:11 PM
- by NUTNDUN