Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Square Dancing Tractors

Today hubby and I went to the International Plowing Match where good old days meet modern new ways. Our county is host this year and it takes a whole day to see everything and enjoy the events.
Jennifer Jones, curling gold Medalist from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was Parade Marshall.
Dancing Tractors? A fabulous demonstration of antique Farmall tractors and drivers doing square dancing to a caller. The group is based out of Teeswater Ontario and have been dancing all over the province. The photo is from their website if you care to watch a YouTube of the unimagineable. As you can see, the 'women' wear skirts and wigs.
Lots of tractors, from those pulling wagonloads of spectators to the event grounds to an array of new and old machinery.
Autumn displays of flowers, vegetables and old implements could be found everywhere.
An old barrel washing machine and a funeral coach from 1914 that was pulled by horses. There was a hidden compartment under the casket shelf for ice.
Clydesdales, the workhorses of yesterday's farm were part of the plowing match and on display in corrals. The 2014 Plowing Match is dedicated to Keith Robinson who has competed for 65 consecutive years. 
A team of ladies, the Canadian Cowgirls that we can be proud of. They've been part of the Calgary Stampede parade, Rosebowl parade and more. A precision team of musical riders, they've won many awards and were a delight to watch. Search Canadian Cowgirls for information about them.
On the top, one of the people movers from the parking acreage. We sat and watched the fiddlers that were several groups playing together. Good toe tapping music!
I ended my day with a cinnamon sugar Beaver Tail and a coffee. Canadian eh?


  1. Plowing matches are so interesting to go to and seeing dancing tractors would be fascinating.

  2. Sounds like fun, the beaver tail looks yummy!

  3. Looks like a lot of fun Judith. I haven't had a beaver tail in years.

  4. What a good old country fall fair feel this has. We got to see something a bit similar to the dancing tractors a few years ago. Synchronized Caterpillar track type tractors. So many different sizes- brings back fun memories.

  5. Sounds and looks like a wonderful way to spend a day. I would love seeing the Clydsdales! In answer to your question, the Canon T3 is a nice little camera, but probably my EOS 40D is the better choice.

  6. Now that's a day I could really enjoy! I've never heard of tractors dancing, but I have had a lovely Farmall Cub in my life before. Perfect way to end the day!

  7. Sounds like a really fun day in beautiful fall weather. Tractor dancing would be a sight to see, I imagine! I wonder if beaver tails are like the elephant ears we have here at our country fairs? Same idea I think, dough fried and covered in cinnamon sugar. yummy.

  8. It looks like a lot going on, and it must be to have taken a whole day to see it all. I can't imagine the dancing tractors --I'll have to look it up!

  9. What a wonderful day. Our farm heritage does go back to hubby's grandpa thrashing wheat with a team of horses. Hubby is a big tractor buff; loves his little tractor. Loved the guy with the blue wig. Aren't we thankful for modern appliances and modern farm equipment?

  10. Oh, I LOVE days like this, Judith!
    Reminds me of our county fair back home. We went with our kids every summer. We even bought a couple of our Belgian horses there one year. My favorite part was the 4-H barns.
    Thank you for sharing your this post!!

  11. Looks like a lot of fun things to see, do, and eat! I enjoyed seeing the horses. Beaver tails? I am not familiar with those, but they sure look good!
    Hugs, Beth

  12. Hi Judith, just catching up now that I am back, I have been reading, just not commenting. It looks as though you had a great day out, I have never heard of dancing tractors, but I bet it was fun to watch!! xx

  13. What a grand time! I remember seeing the cowgirls perform at the Calgary Stampede in 2004. Awesome!

  14. Now that sounded and looked like a fun event.

  15. Now I've never heard of square dancing tractors before!
    Love that coach and the washing tub / sounds like a wonderful day!

  16. Hello Judith,
    It is a big pleasure to see the interesting event. The style is quite different from Japan. I like those colorful tractors!!

    Your mosaics are very lovely with each different color of the edge.

  17. This looks like a fun festival, Judith, and very much the type of western celebration we see in Colorado. The cinnamon beaver tail looked good!

  18. Now that looks like a fun event! I have heard of the Calgary Stampede thanks to a Canadian needleworker (Judith Baker Montano) whose many books I have enjoyed!


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