7/2/09, Odon, IN - The team was hitched and on the road by 8 am. It was about a 10 mile trip through some very scenic back roads to the Graber farm, grounds for the 2009 Horse Progress Days (HPD). The weather was cool and the team moved off at a good trot.
About three miles short of the grounds, we were invited to stop at Glenís place for a couple of bales of hay and a chance to look at the Standardbred trotters he breeds. I had a nice visit and a chance to talk with an interesting man. As we got close to the HPD grounds 7 or 8 cars/people stopped us to chat and take pictures.
Entering the grounds, we held up traffic a bit as folks stopped by to welcome us. Nick Graber has us located just to the east of the concession tents and barn. Iíve rigged a 40 x 50 ft corral for the horses and theyíre happily munching some good grass and watching all the other teams and cart horses.
All day long vendors were setting up and trying out their horse drawn equipment. I had several groups of folks stop by to say hi, including a few groups of Amish boys who have a lot of interest in the wagon and the trip. They were kind enough to fetch several pails of water for the horses. It was nice chatting with the kids and hearing there perspective on Amish summer farm life. Itís really quite similar to ďEnglishĒ kid farm life - a little fishing, swimming and chores. The Amish girls also squeal on the boys when they put frogs down the girls back (girls will be girls!)