October 3, 2004
1:00 until 5:00 PM at Carriage Hill Farm Metropark. Located one mile North of Interstate 70 at State Route 201 / Brandt Pike exit. Huber Heights Ohio. About halfway in between I 75 and I 675. Turn right (East) onto Shull Road. Turn right into the first parking lot and meet near the lower level of the Visitor's Center.
Carriage Hill Farm is an 1880's living history farm. The scheduled activity for that weekend will be a small country fair. But in conjunction with that, Col. Norm Stuckey and his carriage club has asked to have a driving event. The park manager has agreed to allow them to use the park for this drive. This is the first time in over 15 years that they have allowed this, and he has also offered to me to invite any Clyde / Shire owners who are interested to bring horses and vehicles as well and join in on the drive. We will have a one way route through the farm so that many visitors can enjoy seeing the horses and many different types of vehicles. Note: there will be at least one knee deep creek crossing involved. Anyone who decides to bring a horse, follow the signage for parking locations.
For anyone else who wants to come as a spectator, I will have one of the park's teams hitched up and we can take a few laps around. We will also be out with one of the other teams plowing what ever ground is left over from the plowing contest we are hosting on Labor Day. Everyone will be welcome to try your hand at the walking plow.
There are several nice barns, sheds, and homes to walk through. Also you will find horseback trails you can ride your own horse, or rentals are available. There are hiking trails and a fishing pond with no license required. There are restrooms and a concession stand available inside the Visitor's Center.
I have come to see you folks show for the past 15 years or more, and now I invite you to come see where I spend a little of my time. I think you will find it to be a little different, but enjoyable.