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Friday, May 7, 2010

15th annual Draft Horse Plow Day postponed to MOTHERSDAY :-)

Newbury Daily News

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA  rolls out its 15th annual Draft Horse Plow Day Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the fields of the historic Little’s Lane property.














The Plow Match continues a long tradition of work horses on the farm used to prepare the soil for spring planting. In the 1880s, brothers Edward Francis Little and Daniel Noyes Little imported draft horses by rail from Iowa to Newburyport. Trained at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, the horses were sold to other farms and coast guard stations.

Teams of draft horses and mules from throughout New England will participate in plowing demonstrations throughout the day. Visitors will get a chance to visit with resident pigs Dave and Romeo, plant springtime seeds and witness the shearing of the six resident sheep while learning how their wool is made into cloth.

There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides; baby farm animals; spinning, weaving and masonry demonstrations; and children’s crafts and games. Byfield’s E.J. Ouellette will supply New England fiddle music to listen and dance to, and Martha Dana will perform a puppet show. And the 17th century manor house on the property will be open from for tours and more activities for families.

The event continues a long tradition of work horses being used on the farm to prepare the soil for spring planting. In the 1880s, brothers Edward Francis Little and Daniel Noyes Little imported draft horses by rail from Iowa to Newburyport. Once trained at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, the horses were then sold to other farms and Coast Guard stations.

Admission for Draft Horse Plow Day is $6 for adults, $4 for children and free to Historic New England members. A lunch menu and cold drinks will be available. The rain date is Sunday. Call 978-462-2634.

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