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2007 La Junta farm days March 15-17

Paul R. Pack
Aurora, Colo.
Chuck Bailey of Pagosa Springs puts a young Suffolk team with a veteran team to pull a disc.

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We often bring you articles about Draft Horse Shows, from the county fair level to the State Fair and then on the NWSS Show, but not all Drafts strut their stuff in the arena. Some are quite content to pull a manure spreader, a plow or a disc or just an ordinary wagon. No thunderous applause, no flashing cameras, just folks working a team the old-fashioned way, in the field. This is what you will find in Mid-March near La Junta, Colo., at Delbert Jones’ farm just north of town, across the Arkansas River on some good bottom land. The exact dates are March 15,16 and 17. Delbert, along with Gale Allen, have hosted the Farm Days off and on for more than 25 years, and maybe even longer. We started attending somewhere in the early 1980s.

Lousy weather last year kept a lot of drafters at home, a real problem anytime an event is scheduled for early spring.

Plowing, discing (or disking ” your choice), manure spreading in the field and around the camp fire and other farm related demonstrations will continue for the weekend. There will be a demonstration on a portable saw mill brought in by Rex Miller of Fountain, Colo.

Saturday evening will feature a pig roast; actually, they bury it for 24 hours, covered with coals ” you talk about tender!

It is always a good time. Everyone is welcome.

If you have questions, please call Delbert at (719) 384-2700. He is a true renaissance man, harness maker, farmer, farrier and a chuckwagon cook. If you like farm teams at work, you will like this event.


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