Tractor rollovers, overturns and back flips

CE-MR-3-Tractor-rollovers1-by Bill and Mary Weaver

The list of events causing tractor fatalities in Pennsylvania for a recent five-year period is mind numbing in its repetition of rollovers, overturns, rollbacks and backflips, but each statistic represented a tragic loss of an irreplaceable family member or friend. Stunningly, about 70 percent of the deaths could have been avoided if the tractor had been equipped with a roll bar alone, (for folks who won’t wear seat belts), and 99 percent of the victims would still be alive and have escaped serious injury if they had used a roll bar plus a seat belt. [Read more…]

Festival of Horsepower

CE-MR-2-Horse-Pulls5971by Katie Navarra

Nearly 100 horses and their handlers competed for a share of $10,000 in prize monies offered at the Festival of Horsepower held Aug. 12-13 at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Rensselaer County, New York. This was the second annual Festival of Horsepower, which featured three days of horse powered pulls, antique tractor pulls, a car show a bounce house for the kids and fair food vendors. [Read more…]

B&B celebrates farm life

CN-MR-34-3-B&B-celebrates2by Jane Primerano

A Jersey cow uses a solar panel as shelter from a sudden rainstorm. Two golden retrievers run in circles next to a rambling Victorian farmhouse.

This is Hollister Hill Farm in Marshfield, VT, a working farm and bed and breakfast owned by Lee and Bob Light. [Read more…]

99th Annual Heath Fair

CN-MR-41-4-Heath-fair-2697by Laura Rodley

Bleachers were packed full at the 99th Annual Heath Fair as Luke Inman held tight to the reins of the pair of Belgian draft horses, Rex and Rowdy, during the horse draw. They won to a resounding round of cheers, pulling the 8,000-pound stone boat 45 ½ inches. Bill Clark, Heath, MA resident and owner of Clark Logging and Lumber, own the pair. [Read more…]

Robert and Esther Allen: Keeping the tradition going

CN-RP-25-2-The-Allens1by Steve Taylor

CORNISH, NH – For 66 years running there have been Allens running the ox, horse and pony pulling competitions at the Cornish Fair. This year, Robert and Esther Allen were serving as judges and announcers in the pulling ring — just as they have for the past 25 years — and like Bob’s uncle and aunt, Wayne and Pauline Allen, did for the previous 41 years. [Read more…]