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- July 7, 2008 at 10:00 am #39678
Did any one on here make it to HPD? What were your impressions/thoughts?July 7, 2008 at 12:06 pm #46946danbParticipant
I took my daughter on the 4th. Haven’t been there since the last time it was in Mt. Hope. It has definitely gotten bigger with more vendors. We had a great time. I only have 3 complaints: 1) I should have gone both days to see more of the demonstrations 2) Huge crowds making it difficult to see some of the demonstrations (though that is probably a good thing depending on your perspective) 3) all the people who talked through Lynn Miller’s keynote address. There were plenty of places to carry on a conversation without doing it in a sale barn arena with it’s less than perfect acoustics during a speech.
I very much enjoyed Lynn Miller. He brought up several excellent points. Most notably the idea that as horse powered farming grows we are in danger of being flooded with cheap imports in the form of harnesses that don’t fit and equipment that doesn’t hold up or perform as expected. We probably don’t appreciate enough the reality that much of the equipment we buy today is engineered by people who use it as we do. Cheap imports will lack both the quality and the understanding of how the equipment should operate. And if people’s first experience with horse powered farming is marred by harness and/or equipment that cannot function as it should, they will probably never fully appreciate it.
The horse powered treadmills were interesting. Though not at all a new idea they have done a good job of designing attachments for them for a variety of uses. They showed a line shaft for wood working equipment (table saw;jointer;etc.), an air compressor that powered a chop saw, one powered a meat grinder and one ran a refridgeration unit, washing machine and flour grinder all at once. I’d like to have one to run a hay elevator and mow conveyer.
We would have liked to stay and watch the parade of breeds but we had hay to put in and company coming for the weekend so we had to leave.July 8, 2008 at 6:51 am #46950cxb100Participant
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aoc goldJuly 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm #46947AnonymousInactive
I found it very well attended with more vendors than the previuos HPD’s I have been to. (Indiana-01 & PA-05). I to made the mistake of only staying on Friday as it was a long drive home on Saturday and I didn’t want to deal with the holiday traffic. Should’ve delt with the traffic. It was neat to see the developments to equipment both in new design and by using old equipment for a new purpose such as the MD #7 & MD #9 mower frames being stripped down and mounted with a 3pth fertilizer spreader. They did this by mounting a gear on the pitman shaft and runing a drive chain to another gear which was attached to a PTO shaft.
With the large crowd in attendence I think some people are starting to realize its better to learn to take care of your self than wait for the gov’t or somebody else to take care of you. I agree with the previous post about Lynn Millers talk, both in regards to the noise level in the location it was held but also to his points regarding engineering and producing equipment here. Overall a good show.July 13, 2008 at 9:18 am #46951AnonymousInactive
I visit HPD in 2000 in Kinzers ! And now iJuly 13, 2008 at 12:11 pm #46949
Ralf, Rural Heritage Magazine usually has a video of HPD. Their offices were flooded earlier this summer so I don’t know if they will have one available this year. I think they might have some available from previous years.July 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm #46952AnonymousInactive
Ira, thank you, i hope that rural heritage make a video this year. I saw it on their website about the floating office.
Are their new machines at the hpd against the last years ?July 15, 2008 at 1:31 am #46948
I didn’t see anything that I hadn’t seen before, But I didn’t see it all either:)
Like danb I noticed the horse powers, and all that they were running with them. I walked away wondering how many horses it would take to run a generator?
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