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March 01, 2010   Email to Friend 

SPRING FARM DAY SET MARCH 20 AT LANDMARK
Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
March 01, 2010

Straight rows count in Alabama State Horse and Mule Plowing Contest at Landmark Park.
DOTHAN, Ala. -- The annual Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention and the Alabama State Horse & Mule Plowing Contest will highlight the 27th Spring Farm Day at Dothan's Landmark Park on March 20.

Sponsored by CenturyLink, the 10 a.m.-4 p.m. event offers visitors a glimpse into what rural life was like a century ago. Activities include demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts, including shearing sheep, blacksmithing and more.

Volunteers dressed in 1890s attire will perform such household chores as quilting, sewing, cooking, washing clothes and making soap. Contestants in four age categories will compete in the annual Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention.

SunSouth will sponsor the fourth annual Alabama State Horse and Mule Plowing Contest, the state's official plowing competition. Plowers will be judged in a variety of areas, including depth of furrow, straightness of furrow and cleanliness of sidewall.

The park's Martin Drug Store and Shelley General Store will be open for business, providing visitors with treats from the soda fountain and other old-fashioned items typical of a country store. Concessions will be available during the day.

Other sponsors for Spring Farm Day include the Houston County Farmers Federation. The event is co-hosted by Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $4 for children and free for children ages 3 and under. Park members are admitted free.

Landmark Park, home of the Alabama Agricultural Museum, is a 100-acre historical and natural science park on U.S. Highway 431 North. For more information, call (334) 794-3452.


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