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