6/15/09, Bentonville, IN - Friday, I plan on finally pulling out. My first destination is the annual “Horse Progress Days” in Odon, IN, which takes place on July 3rd & 4th. This is an annual event that is centered in one of the major Amish communities in the country.
It has been a long haul for me - 4 months. A lot of people have really pitched in to help me get back on the road and I can’t thank them enough. Hopefully, I’ll see many of them and you in Odon in a couple of weeks.
Last year, I passed through the Odon area while on my way south with the team. While I was getting my wagon tongue straightened at Graber Steel, Nick Graber, this year’s host and president invited me to attend the event. Today, I talked with Nick on the phone and he assured me he has a place for the new team and wagon.
The aim of Horse Progress Days is to display and demonstrate a complete line of the latest in horse drawn equipment. You’ll see actual field demonstrations with equipment hooked to one, two, three, four, six, maybe eight, and twelve horse or mule hitches. Oxen and ponies are often used as well. The website for the event is www.horseprogressdays.com
It’s a chance for both Amish and “English” folk to get out, meet people and watch these great horses and mules do what they are bred to do - pull. There is a lot of new horse drawn equipment made by different manufacturer’s. I stopped by Pioneer Equipment company in Ohio a few weeks ago to pick up a new wagon tongue, and business was booming.
If you want to spend a nice day with the family, come on out. Heck, I’m going, and it’s going to take me about 10 or 12 days to get there.