Spring Plowing Days

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Visit Malabar Farm on May 16 & 17, 2009 from 11AM – 4PM for this free event.

Malabar Farm’s Spring Plowing Days features the beautiful and majestic draft animals which once were the mainstay of farming in early Ohio. The setting for this event is the rich rolling countryside of Pleasant Valley where agriculture has played an important role since the 1820’s. Malabar Farm State Park and the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association will once again host Annual Spring Plowing Days. Spring Plowing Days will feature teamsters and draft teams testing their skills in competition. All competitors must be members of the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association. This is just one of the opportunities Malabar offers visitors to reflect on and experience many things which have changed as well as a few which have stayed the same.

Sunday’s events include adult classes for men and women in the box-wagon obstacle course. The log skidding contest begins at 11:00 a.m. and the weekend’s activities wrap up with the fun pull. Teamsters pit the strength of their teams against their competition to see which team can pull the greatest load over a distance of 25 feet.

The Malabar Farm Restaurant is open Tuesdays through Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 8:00pm; Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. year around. For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205. Additionally, the Malabar Farm Hostelling International, will be holding their Annual Open house from 12 noon till 4pm both days. Call 419-892-2055 for more information.

Malabar Farm is located 12 miles southeast of Mansfield, one mile west of SR 603 on Pleasant Valley Road. Louis Bromfield, a world-renowned novelist and conservationist, created the farm in the 1940s as a demonstration farm for progressive conservation practices. Malabar Farm State Park is the only working farm in the Ohio State Park system. Programs and special events are offered year-round. For more information about this or other programs, call the park office at 419-892-2784 or visit our Website at malabarfarm.org.

While you are in the area, check out the Butternut Loop Trail at Malabar Farm State Park.

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