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March 08, 2011   Email to Friend 

Laura Stakelum
(334) 794-3452
March 08, 2011

Hannah Flowers, a 14-year from Blackville, S.C., plows as her father watches on during the 2009 competition.
DOTHAN, Ala. --  The fifth annual Alabama State Horse and Mule Plowing Contest will be held at Landmark Park on Saturday, March 19, during the park's annual Spring Farm Day.

The contest serves as Alabama's official competition, with the winners advancing to the U.S. Plowing Contest held each September in Ohio.

Once a common chore in rural Alabama, the time-honored skill of tilling the soil with horse or mule will take center stage at the park for visitors to enjoy. The Alabama competition will consist of two classes: Two-horse walking plow and two-horse riding plow.

Plowers are judged in a variety of areas, including depth of furrow, straightness of furrow and cleanliness of sidewall.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in both classes. The entry fee to participate in the contest is $10 per class. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

Call the park office at (334) 794-3452 for entry forms and information.

In addition to the plowing contest, other activities during Spring Farm Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts like shearing sheep, blacksmithing, basket weaving, music, an Old-Time Fiddlers Convention and more.

Spring Farm Day is sponsored by Houston County Farmers Federation, CenturyLink, WOOF Radio, WTVY, ServisFirst Bank, Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, Hardee's, Atlanta Bread Company, Dothan Animal Hospital and SunSouth. The event is co-hosted by Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and active military, $4 for children,and free for children age 3 and under. Park members are admitted free.

Landmark Park is a 135-acre natural and cultural history museum and serves as the Official Museum of Agriculture for the state of Alabama. The park is on U.S. Hwy 431, three miles north of Dothan's Ross Clark Circle.

For more information about Spring Farm Day, call (334) 794-3452.

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